Delft University Presents Forze VI Full-Size Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Racing Car

16 Oct 2013

Forze VI

On September 9th, 2013 ex-Formula-1-Driver Jan Lammers officially unveiled the Forze VI at the former Naval Air Base Valkenburg in The Netherlands. This latest iteration of the hydrogen powered race car was designed and developed by a team of about 70 students from the Delft University of Technology. Building on the experience gained over the previous 5 years, Forze has managed to break through the important technical barriers. The Forze VI is a full-size race car weighing 880 kg and has a top speed of 220 km/h, making it one of the fastest hydrogen powered cars ever.

The new racecar is equipped with a fuel cell system, which powers two electric motors with a combined power output of 190 kW (260 bhp). The car can hold 3 kg of hydrogen in its two tanks, meaning it can run on full power for 30 minutes, after which the tanks can be refuelled in 3 minutes. The students want to use this car to demonstrate the role hydrogen can play in the future of mobility and energy storage.

Jan Lammers has been following the Forze-team since 2009 and was impressed at today’s unveiling: “Forze has chosen the competitive racing industry as a platform to promote the development of hydrogen fuel cells, because competition is known to push boundaries. It is fantastic to see the progress made on the Forze vehicles over the past 4 years. The Forze VI is the first hydrogen powered vehicle that can seriously compete against conventional petrol powered race cars.”

The Forze team has lofty ambitions for the Forze VI. After thorough testing, the team will attempt to beat a number of lap records for hydrogen cars including those at the circuit of Zandvoort in The Netherlands, and at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Besides going after records, the Forze race team wants to take part in the Dutch Caterham Cup, challenging the traditional petrol powered Caterhams.

 

About Forze

The Forze-team is made up of students from all faculties of the Delft University of Technology. Since 2007 the team has managed to build a new vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell every year. By high-tech development on tough deadlines, the Forze project is an interesting and informative experience for the young engineers. Until now, the team has built three go-karts and two small racing cars for the Formula Student competition. Thanks to the support of outsourcing specialist and main sponsor Schuberg Philis, the team has now made the big step to a full-size race car.

    

Source: Forze (Delft University)

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