The Nurbrugring has served as a testing ground for new vehicle technologies for decades now, and automakers are really bringing it all to this German test track. But it isn’t just billion-dollar corporations pioneering alt-fuel technologies. A Dutch university has spent five years developing the Forze 6, a hydrogen powered race car that will make its Nurburgring debut this spring.
The University of TU Delft has developed a hydrogen-powered race car that they claim will go from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with a top speed of over 130 mph, or 220 kph. While hardly the fastest thing on four wheels, the whole hydrogen-powered bit is sure to raise a few eyebrows.
Two electric motors provide a combined output of 260 horsepower, again, hardly impressive. However, the curb weight of just 1,600 pounds, or about 800 kgs, will allow this little clean racer to dip around the Nurburgring with ease. It’ll be in good company this year too; Aston Martin is bringing a hydrogen-powered Rapide to the ‘Ring later this year, and the Green GT hydrogen race car should be back at the 24 Hours of Le mans.
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