Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has a special department called ‘D:Dream Hall’ were students are working on various projects in sustainable mobility. 2013 was a very successful year with breaking various records and clinching world titles in electric racing.
Summing-up a few highlights:
– A high-tech bike reached a world record pace of 133.78 km/h,
– Formula Student Team Delft (DUT Racing) became champion yet again with its battery-electric car and set a world record in acceleration (0 – 100 km/h in 2.13 sec),
– Nuon Solar Team won its fifth title in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Another pioneer is Formula Zero Team Delft (FORZE) with its hydrogen electric project. From launching its first vehicle already in 2008, the students developed its go-kart in the next years before building two Formula Student vehicles. The team committed to the initial philosophy as they are scaling up while technology develops. Its full size hydrogen electric circuit racer has been unveiled in September and is likely to break every single relevant record in 2014.
It has never done before
The students have strong believes in the future and power of a hydrogen economy. While students next door (literally) are doing (a superb job) with battling the limits of battery electric technology, this department is doing something challenging too: building a full size hydrogen fuel cell race car isn’t that easy because – apart from Green GT that was supposed to race at Le Mans mid-2013 – it has never done before.
To scale up to a 190 kW vehicle is building in an unknown area and that causes some challenges. This years students, as the crew alter every year in September, is now focussed on the development of the vehicle in order to let it run smoothly next year spring. During the first few tests indoors, the students found out that the car produces a lot of noise in comparison with a normal electric street car and that they have to redevelop a few areas of the cars’ infrastructure. However, the students remain very confident to fulfil their ambitions, according to ElectricAutosport.com’s recent visit.
The ultimate goal is to claim the Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap record for hydrogen vehicles, to educate the public and being the first to race with a purpose built hundred per cent hydrogen fuel cell race car.
ElectricAutosport.com is following the team in its hydrogen fuel cell adventure since 2008.
|0-100 km/h||<4 seconds|
|Top speed||210 km/h|
|Fuel Cell power||100 kW (135 hp)|
|Boost power||190 kW (258 hp)|
|Suspension||Push rod with carbon links|
|Fuel Cell system||Ballard FC Velocity MK1100 stack with Forze balance of plant hardware & software.|
|Drivetrain||Planetary Gears (ratio 1:3.66)|