Hydrogen race car of the future revealed

11-08-2016

Sunday, August 7 2016 at the Gamma Racing Day students of TU Delft presented a new race car they spent a whole year improving: the Forze VII. This impressive aerodynamic machine – in the colours of PitPoint – is a hydrogen car. This allows the car to, silent as a whisper, achieve speeds of over 200 km per hour with water vapour as the only emission.

The well-known Dutch racing driver Jan Lammers was the first to be allowed behind the wheel: “It is important that we become aware of alternatives to fossil fuels. The idea of hydrogen cars battling with gasoline cars is something that appeals to our imagination. Hydrogen is an alternative fuel with unprecedented opportunities, as opposed to the limited amount of fossil fuels. I will therefore continue to follow the progress of team Forze with great interest.”

Racing without emissions

The Forze VII makes use of a hydrogen fuel cell. This means that hydrogen is tanked, which is the area of expertise of main sponsor PitPoint. Together with oxygen from the air, this will be converted into water and electricity. This allows the cars of Forze to be driven without any harmful emissions. Also, and important in racing, refuelling hydrogen is just as fast as refuelling petrol.

The fastest hydrogen car in the world

During a whole year 65 students of TU Delft worked hard on the Forze VII. It’s predecessor was the Forze VI. With this hydrogen car Lammers took over the world title from Nissan in May 2015 when setting an new lap record for hydrogen cars at the Nürburgring. Therefore, much can be expected from the new Forze VII!

Innovative techniques

The new design incorporates many innovative techniques such as KERS (kinetic energy recovery systems) that is found in Formula 1 cars. PitPoint supports racing with hydrogen as it contributes to raising awareness of alternative, cleaner fuels. In addition, the techniques now being developed can soon be translated into every day cars.

Specifications

Compared to the Forze VI, there are a lot of new features in this model. The Forze team achieved the following specifications in a short time:

0-100 km/h                             <4 seconds
Top speed                               210 km / h
Fuel Cell Power                      100 kW (135 hp)
Boost power                           200 kW (270 hp)
Weight                                     1100 kg
Size                                           4.6 x 1.90 m