Skip to main content

Vroom! It’s the The Nuclear Car!!

3617343993_eaa462c1b3 Today was picture perfect for Newman Wachs Racing at the Harrah’s Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by Mazda. Atlantic Championship drivers John Edwards and Jonathan Summerton finished 1-2 for the first of two races this weekend at the Autobahn Country Club, which is just a short distance from the team’s headquarters in Mundelein. In front of the team’s friends, family members, and nearly 60 employees of team owner Eddie Wachs’ other companies, both drivers performed brilliantly and brought home the team’s first ever one-two result.

And while this is good news for Edwards and Summerton (and Newman Wachs), why mention it here? Because both men were driving the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car, albeit minus a flux capacitor.

Here is co-sponsor Entergy on the car:

Entergy Nuclear is in its second year of the “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” campaign, having reached nearly two million people on the Atlantic Championship Series and across U.S. college campuses during that time. Our goal is to use the race car to gain visibility for our message and as a platform to recruit engineers to this growing, exciting industry.

NEI is another sponsor. It’s a great way to get the nuclear message out. In addition to racing the car, the drivers also visit college campuses with it and help to get racing nut students interested in nuclear engineering as a potential career. (It helps, no doubt, that Edwards is 19.) If you happen to be near the the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 8, stop by to see Edwards and Summerton do their level best to come in first and second – actually, a likelier than not scenario.

Itself. Click the picture to see the message on its side.

---

Marty McFly to Doc Brown: You were standing on your toilet, and you were hanging a clock, and you fell, and you hit your head on the sink. And that's when you came up with the idea for the Flux Capacitor.

See? A nuclear car is as easy as that.

Comments

Ray said…
Wait a minute ... the *car* is nuclear powered? Or is it just a car with a nuclear sticker? Because if the former, I'm really wondering why I've not heard of this technology before.
Brian Mays said…
Well, yes it is "nuclear powered," indirectly:

Nuclear processes in the sun produce energy in the form of photons. The photons travel to Earth. They are absorbed by the leaves of plants and the energy enters the biosphere. Various life forms that contain this energy die and are buried. Heat and pressure convert the organic material into complex carbon-hydrogen molecules (assuming that you are not a proponent of the abiotic oil hypothesis, that is). These complex carbon-hydrogen molecules are later extracted from deep within the Earth and are refined into useful fuel. The fuel is pumped into the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car.

Thus, the car is fueled by nuclear energy. Q.E.D.

If you have a problem with that, then I suggest that you be more specific next time. ;-)
Anonymous said…
"Thus, the car is fueled by nuclear energy."

By the same logic, the car is fueled by solar power.

Popular posts from this blog

How Nanomaterials Can Make Nuclear Reactors Safer and More Efficient

The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior communications advisor at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald.

From the batteries in our cell phones to the clothes on our backs, "nanomaterials" that are designed molecule by molecule are working their way into our economy and our lives. Now there’s some promising work on new materials for nuclear reactors.

Reactors are a tough environment. The sub atomic particles that sustain the chain reaction, neutrons, are great for splitting additional uranium atoms, but not all of them hit a uranium atom; some of them end up in various metal components of the reactor. The metal is usually a crystalline structure, meaning it is as orderly as a ladder or a sheet of graph paper, but the neutrons rearrange the atoms, leaving some infinitesimal voids in the structure and some areas of extra density. The components literally grow, getting longer and thicker. The phenomenon is well understood and designers compensate for it with a …

Missing the Point about Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Plants

A group that includes oil and gas companies in Pennsylvania released a study on Monday that argues that twenty years ago, planners underestimated the value of nuclear plants in the electricity market. According to the group, that means the state should now let the plants close.

Huh?

The question confronting the state now isn’t what the companies that owned the reactors at the time of de-regulation got or didn’t get. It’s not a question of whether they were profitable in the '80s, '90s and '00s. It’s about now. Business works by looking at the present and making projections about the future.

Is losing the nuclear plants what’s best for the state going forward?

Pennsylvania needs clean air. It needs jobs. And it needs protection against over-reliance on a single fuel source.


What the reactors need is recognition of all the value they provide. The electricity market is depressed, and if electricity is treated as a simple commodity, with no regard for its benefit to clean air o…

Why Nuclear Plant Closures Are a Crisis for Small Town USA

Nuclear plants occupy an unusual spot in the towns where they operate: integral but so much in the background that they may seem almost invisible. But when they close, it can be like the earth shifting underfoot.

Lohud.com, the Gannett newspaper that covers the Lower Hudson Valley in New York, took a look around at the experience of towns where reactors have closed, because the Indian Point reactors in Buchanan are scheduled to be shut down under an agreement with Gov. Mario Cuomo.


From sea to shining sea, it was dismal. It wasn’t just the plant employees who were hurt. The losses of hundreds of jobs, tens of millions of dollars in payrolls and millions in property taxes depressed whole towns and surrounding areas. For example:

Vernon, Vermont, home to Vermont Yankee for more than 40 years, had to cut its municipal budget in half. The town closed its police department and let the county take over; the youth sports teams lost their volunteer coaches, and Vernon Elementary School lost th…