Students of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have presented the design of their new hydrogen fuel cell race car. It’s based on a LMP3 chassis and will race against conventional fuel powered cars this summer.
Forze Delft, in short, can be called a pioneer. They have been developing zero emission race cars running on hydrogen since 2007. The Forze VII that has been presented on Thursday, is the seventh generation and second full-size circuit racer.
The new car is based on a LMP3 monocoque and the energy to propel the vehicle will be generated by a 100 kW fuel cell, powered by hydrogen. The electric motors can generate a maximum output of 200 kW. The Forze VII can reach a top speed of about 210 km/h and hits 100 km/h from standstill in less than four seconds.
The students will take part in the sport division of the Dutch Supercar Challenge during the Gamma Racing Day event at TT Circuit Assen in August. “It’s our target to win in this division and if we do, we will be the first team that can compete against gasoline powered cars with a fully hydrogen fuel cell race car,” Forze Delft team manager Rick Everaert told Motorsport.com.
“We want to show the world that this technology is cool and that it’s possible to race with it.”
The car will be ready for the test bench on the 1st of April. Then the team, consisting of 70 students, will be further developing and testing the new vehicle.
The innovative race car will be piloted by development drivers Jan Bot and Leo van der Eijk as they have most experience with the advanced systems.
There were others that had a similar objective. GreenGT tried to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours with a hydrogen powered vehicle in 2013, but withdrew before the race. In the same year, a hybrid hydrogen Aston Martin took part in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
Earlier this month Pininfarina presented it’s H2 Speed, a powerful hydrogen performance vehicle. Motorsport.com found out that ten of these futuristic looking cars will be made, but there are no plans to race with them.
The team aims to develop their car in the coming years and to compete in the top categories of the Dutch Supercar Challenge. Competing in other championships are not listed on their schedule, but won’t be ruled out.
“At some point the team has said that a Le Mans 24 Hours participation would be a dream because the technology would be ideal for that,” said Everaert.
The interview was conducted by your ElectricAutosport.com editor Tim Biesbrouck and published in full at Motorsport.com.