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Feature   December 1, 2001   by CARS Magazine

Ford fuel cell team sets endurance record

A group of Ford Motor Company engineers, scientists and marketing specialists recently set an endurance record with Ford's P2000 fuel cell vehicle. Ford's fuel cell team broke the U.S. record for fuel...


A group of Ford Motor Company engineers, scientists and marketing specialists recently set an endurance record with Ford’s P2000 fuel cell vehicle. Ford’s fuel cell team broke the U.S. record for fuel cell endurance during a 24-hour test. The team from TH!NK Technologies, the advanced powertrain research and development arm of Ford’s TH!NK Group, drove the vehicle, maintained statistics during the drive and planned each phase of the event to ensure success. Tiffany Lofton, the youngest member of the driving team, achieved the fastest lap time despite the fact that it was her first time driving the vehicle and driving on the banked high-speed track.

“It was so easy to drive, I just got in and took off,” says Lofton, a marketing analyst performing a temporary rotation in the fuel cell program. “I’ve been working with the fuel cell program doing marketing and event planning, but never had the chance to be part of the vehicle testing so this was really a thrill for me. I expected it to be different than a normal gasoline vehicle, but it was very similar to drive and was just a lot of fun.”

The P2000 Endurance Drive was conducted at Ford’s Dearborn Proving Grounds in Dearborn, Mich. on Oct. 7 and 8, 2001. The drive was officiated by the Sports Car Club of America and results were announced at the Michelin Bibendum Challenge in Los Angeles on Oct. 26. The P2000 maintained an average on-track speed of 65 mph and an average overall speed of 57.95 mph. Over the course of the 24-hour test, the vehicle traveled 1390.75 miles – further than any other fuel cell vehicle has traveled in a single day.


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