• Jul 23, 2008
The undisputed champion of hydrogen fuel cell SUVs at the Nurburgring has been crowned: the Nissan X-Trail FCV. The winning time: 11:58. Of course, it's the winning time because it's the only time -- a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has never ran the 'Ring before.

After piloting the 120 bhp X-Trail around the world for two years, Nissan engineer Frank Eickholt, decide it was time to take it to the track. The €1.3 million X-Trail was apparently hampered by moist tarmac, so you can expect a redo at some point in the future. Just when you thought the 'Ring craze was as hot as it could get, here come the hydro-powered vehicles to... pour some water on it...

[Source: ZerCustoms]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps BMW should get its 760h and H2R concept to run at the Nurburgring too. And the same goes for Honda's FCX Clarity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The BMW hydrogen vehicles do not use a fuel cell. Not that they can't run the Ring, but they wouldn't be in the same class as this Nissan. The FCX would be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Heck I would sign up to drive any car around the Ring, even a fuel cell SUV!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, exciting. Further proof that the "green" movement sucks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not so much a movement as it is our only option to reject foreign oil and calm the storms shoreside. Thanks @$$hole.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like the 1st gen Saturn Vue in that picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do alot of these more recent Japanese cars look so ugly? The few exceptions I can think of are the Civic Coupe and the Accord Coupe, and the Altima, and Maxima. Eww.
      • 6 Years Ago
      More proof that this ring SH$%# is getting out of hand
      • 6 Years Ago
      Should have stuck on some GT-R suspension bits. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      kinda sad considering vans have been around the ring in less time...
      • 6 Years Ago
      1.3 million? I think I'll stick with the GT-R thank you very much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's in Euros buddy

        After today, I can't imagine what that is US Crapollars. I am referring to the top story on digg.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They had this vehicle available for short drives at the LA Auto Show two years ago. The instant "oomph" from an FCV's torque curve makes them pretty good fun to drive. Imagine a V8 at a quarter-throttle, but with no noise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        x2, though i played with it a few years prior to that. kinda fun, esp the engineers telling you not to press the big red button... behind a panel. very entertaining.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Incidentally, way to miss the point, AB. The fact that a hydrogen FCV could be caned flat-out for 12 minutes around one of the world's most grueling race tracks and *not break*... that's the news. They're getting closer to your driveway than you think.

      Back to your Playstations...
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