Honda FCX fuel cell vehicle on show at Indy Japan 300
April 18, 2008 Honda's zero-emission FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle will serve as the official car of the Indy Japan 300 this weekend at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi, Japan.
The FCX Clarity will act as a pace car at the start of the race in a move designed to promote the IndyCar Series' green credentials as the first major motor racing series in the world to run all of its cars on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol in all of its cars.
Scheduled for release in the U.S. this summer and in Japan in the fall, Honda's fuel cell flagship is powered by the highly-compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel stack that runs on hydrogen and emits only water.
Late last year, Honda also revealed plans to complement the FCX with its fourth-generation home-based hydrogen generation and fueling system. The Home Energy Station IV runs on a natural gas supply to produce and store hydrogen for use as fuel as well as providing heat, hot water and electricity to an average-size home.
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What the heck, the damn car isn\'t even in production and Honda have already built a new model concept, Why the heck do they bother if they\'re not going to sell it to Joe public anyway?
Releasing information about concepts has shown to be effective in stimulation showroom traffic- that\'s why they bother.
Typically, car companies build concept models for various testing purposes before they commit to investing in tooling for production. They may build several iterations of a concept before planning production, and the final product may bear little resemblance to the original concept. Much of the serious testing is done quietly and covertly before any mention is made to the public.
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