Dutch-Built Hydrogen Racer Aims For Nurburgring Record


forze-1The 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.

Hydrogen powered race cars seem to be the hot new commodity. But will hydrogen fuel every break into the mainstream?

Source: TechVehi

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  • Not certain of the Dutch fellows’ technologies but: H2 requires a lot of power to create, has large heat losses, requires Pt electrodes – very expensive even for labs right now. Similarly fuel cells, are expensive, fragile (so far as as has been commonly revealed) and are temperature sensitive.
    Look to the nano carbon super capacitors and pulsed D.C. systems for charge, discharge control, and inductive energy return. Look to the Chreos from China? More efficient? Rugged? higher voltages, lighter wiring and motors? less “heat losses” than even the battery cars and their internal battery resistance losses? Cheaper to fuel, cheoaer to build, cheaper to maintain?””The
    new device has a specific energy density of 85.6 Wh/kg at room temperature and
    136 Wh/kg at 80 °C. These are the highest ever values for “electric double
    layer” super capacitors based on carbon nanomaterials.  These
    devices now approach gasoline in energy storage density.””
    Is this nonsense, or are we really on the cusp of an energy revolution?

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