14940540926_1d1f57ac48_o

14940540926_1d1f57ac48_o 

Our People,Powertrains | April 23 2016

HEMI engineer chases record speed

Ken Hardman has his hands full this weekend. As this video shows, he has a steady stream of eager students who want to know more about that long black and white rocket ship-like vehicle with his name on it. That vehicle is something Ken, an FCA engineer, and some friends built in hopes of breaking a land speed record this summer at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Hardman already broke 22 land speed records with a previous vehicle. The Streamliner, as it’s known, is part of FCA’s display at the annual Shell Eco-Marathon in Detroit. The event highlights fuel-saving technologies. It’s also a great opportunity for FCA to demonstrate to aspiring automotive engineers that this is a great place to build a career.

We caught up with Ken at his suburban Detroit home where he’s been working on the Streamliner in his sprawling garage stuffed with parts, tools, manuals and the almost 25-foot car. He spoke to us about his quest for record-breaking speed, the vehicle he hopes will break another record, and how the supportive and collaborative culture at FCA has made his job so enjoyable, productive and fun.

Ed Garsten

Hi! I'm Ed Garsten, Head of FCA Digital Media. I've been with FCA since launching its first blog, TheFirehouse.biz, in the fall of 2005. Before Fiat Chrysler, I covered the auto industry for CNN, the Associated Press and The Detroit News. I'm a native New Yorker, married with two grown
Read More
Hi! I'm Ed Garsten, Head of FCA Digital Media. I've been with FCA since launching its first blog, TheFirehouse.biz, in the fall of 2005. Before Fiat Chrysler, I covered the auto industry for CNN, the Associated Press and The Detroit News. I'm a native New Yorker, married with two grown kids and besides looking for new places to explore with my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab, I play ice hockey, ski, kayak and play guitar and drums. I write about all sorts of issues, but mainly about people and events. I hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy writing them.