Students at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have begun final testing of their latest version of a hydrogen-powered race car. The Forze project began in 2007 as part of the Formula Zero championship, and Forze 6 is the first full-sized racer built by the team.
It features a 100 kW (135 hp) hydrogen fuel cell that powers the car’s electric motor, and also charges an on-board battery. Maximum power from the fuel cell and the battery is equivalent to 258 horsepower. With a total weight of just 860 kg (1,800 lbs) the 6th-generation racer gets to 100 kph/62 MPH in under 4 seconds, and has a top speed of 210 kph (125 mph).
The team will attempt to set new records for hydrogen powered cars at Zandvoort race track in the Netherlands and at the famous Nordschleife circuit at Nurburgring, Germany later this year. While hydrogen race cars are still in their infancy, electric racing has matured with the debut of the Formula E series next month. Can hydrogen play catch up? Automakers like Aston Martin have also tested hydrogen race cars, but the technology has a long way to go before its taken as a serious racing fuel.
Regardless, this is an excellent way for engineering students to put their classroom knowledge to use in the real world!
Source: Electric Auto Sport