With hydrogen fuel cells to power most of our cars in the future there is one serious questions in the minds of many car enthusiasts, how to pimp my ride?
Kickin’ up the KWs:
Fuel cells for cars are designed to run on hydrogen and air. This will require a change in strategy for the gear heads. No more nitrous think O2. Pure oxygen will kick up the conversion process. The typical fuel cell accelerates from 2% to 100% in under four seconds. Properly timed O2 injection can boost output to 105% to 115% of rated KW.
Max the pressure to max the output. The street fuel cell vehicles (FVC) have low fuel/air pressures. After market compressors will kick the KW’s up!
Getting’ Off the Line:
Crank it up! Fuel cells are sluggish off the line cold. Crank the volume on the sound system to pre-heat the cell. Keep the fuel cell under a little load before the flag drops then nail it. Since you don’t have to worry about shifting, concentrate on killing the sound system draw at 15% output. You can knock two to three tenths off your quarter.
Don’t forget to max the CPU. Riding the redline, you will need the fastest processor you can get to maintain opti-output.
Cruisin’ in Style:
Think programmable ground effects. Variable color LEDs will set your ride off! Tie the sequencing of the LEDs with your personal play list, or program mood sequences. The programmable sequences let you expressed your bad self!
Under the hood of FCV doesn’t have to be lame. You can’t chrome headers and intakes because there ain’t none. Save the chrome for the rims. Think flat screen! When you pop the hood while chillin’, have your favorite DVD ready to go.
Big Time Custom:
If you’ve got the Benji’s think ground up. Double and triple stack FCs with quad drives! Triple stacked, compressed stock 125 KW’s will boost your custom ride to 400 plus KW’s. With quad drives programmed for four-wheel, limited slip traction, you will have the baddest green machine in town.
Okay, before you all start chasing me with the net, this is a slightly futuristic example of how Hot Rod magazine may look in three years. Do you really think that Detroit can produce anything that a gear head won’t soup up? Check out GM and Ford’s FCV vehicles that are planned for 2010. I’m into SUV’s. The Explorer FCV prototype is nice at 35 MPG. I’m thinking of being a fuel hog myself with a 31-MPG Hummer FCV.