Developing Partnerships... Launching Dreams
When Johnny Bohmer, owner of Performance Power LLC, first came to Kennedy Space Center (KSC), his intent was to have an American car own the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Standing Mile-Street Car. In 2010, Performance Power signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA, allowing the use of NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway as a test site for their research and development efforts in aerodynamics, suspension systems, power production, low-friction surface coatings, advanced materials, and fuel efficiency by collecting engineering data using high performance automobiles. The unique length and concrete surface consistency of the Kennedy runway makes it one of the few places in the world where high performance automobiles can be tested for high speed aerodynamic and safety designs. In 2012, while using many of their technological advancements, Johnny Bohmer did set the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Standing Mile-Street Car when his Ford GT broke the 275 mph barrier, setting the record at 283 mph. Through the Space Act Agreement, Performance Power was able to develop a low friction coating system called “Eye Candy”, and more recently, test advanced metals called “Pandalloy” at critically high temperatures in high stress engine components. Such developments have already found their way into numerous industries allowing for better safety designs and higher performance automotive engines that improve fuel economy and reduce harmful emissions. “By NASA allowing us access to a one-of-a-kind facility, we are given the opportunity to explore these technologies and share their benefits,” said Mr. Bohmer. As Performance Power continues its research and testing on the Kennedy runway, more advanced technologies are sure to be developed and made available to different markets in the future.
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