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The BMW H2R ("Hydrogen Record Car") is one of the first of a new breed of racecars adapted to run on liquid hydrogen fuel. Conceived and developed over a span of 10 months under the direction of Dr. Raymond Freymann, it has set nine international speed records at the Miramas Proving Grounds in France.

The H2R’s 6.0-liter V12 engine, which draws on BMW's Valvetronic and Double-VANOS technology, is based on the 760i’s gasoline-fueled powerplant. This H2-powered vehicle generates 232 horsepower (173 kW), helping it to achieve a top speed of over 187.62 mph (301.95 km/h).[1]

Technical data[edit]

On the high-speed track at Miramas the BMW H2R set nine international and FIA-ratified records for cars with hydrogen combustion engines.

BMW H2R, BMW Museum, Munchen, Germany.
  • Maximum speed: 300.175 km/h (186.520 mph)
  • Engine: twelve-cylinder ICE, running on hydrogen
  • Bodyshell: aluminium space frame structure
  • Outer shell: carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic
  • Vehicle dimensions: 5.40 metres (212.6 in) long, 2.01 metres (79.1 in) wide, 1.34 metres (52.8 in) high
  • Vehicle weight including driver: 1,560 kg (3,440 lb)
  • Drag coefficient (cw): 0.21

BMW Art Car Project: Your Mobile Expectations[edit]

In 2007, Olafur Eliasson was commissioned by BMW to create the sixteenth art car for the BMW Art Car Project based on the H2R. Eliasson and his team removed the automobile's alloy body and instead replaced it with a new interlocking framework of reflective steel bars and mesh. Layers of ice were created by spraying approximately 530 gallons of water during a period of several days upon the structure. On display, the frozen sculpture is glowing from within. Called Your Mobile Expectations, the vehicle was on special display in a temperature controlled room at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from September 8, 2007 to January 13, 2008.[2]


Record Time (s) Speed
Flying-start kilometre 11.99 187.62 mph (301.95 km/h)
Flying-start mile 19.91 181.85 mph (292.66 km/h)
Standing-start 1/4 kilometre 9.92 45.62 mph (73.42 km/h)
Standing-start 1/2 kilometre 14.93 60.62 mph (97.56 km/h)
Standing-start 1/2 mile 17.27 65.15 mph (104.85 km/h)
Standing-start mile 36.73 98.60 mph (158.68 km/h)
Standing-start 10 miles (16 km) 221.05 163.81 mph (263.63 km/h)
Standing-start kilometre 26.56 84.72 mph (136.34 km/h)
Standing-start 10 kilometre 146.41 153.90 mph (247.68 km/h)

See also[edit]


  • R. Freymann, W. Strobl, J. Kübler; Hydrogen Technology in Automotive Engineering: Sustainable, Clean and Powerful. Conf. Proc. of the „First Austrian Hydrogen Conference“, HYCentA, Graz (Austria), 10-11 Oct. 2005


  1. ^ "How Stuff Works: BMW H2R". 
  2. ^ "Exhibitions + Events | Calendar | Your tempo: Olafur Eliasson". SFMOMA. Archived from the original on 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 

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