Forze V hydrogen fuel cell racer places against standard gas racers

Forze V

In brief: The Forze V hydrogen fuel cell Formula car has raced against and placed well against gasoline-powered Formula racers at Silverstone.

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Make/Model: Forze V
Manufacturer: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

The word

Students at the Delft University of Technology in the Nethelrands have been working on the Forze concept Formula racer for a while now. The latest iteration, the 5th-generation (called the V), was recently pitted against other Formula racers at the Formula Student Competition at the Silverstone Circuit.

The hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric V placed 29th out of over 100 racers, most of which were gasoline-powered. It was the only alt-fueled vehicle to place in the top 1/3 in the race, which included some battery electrics.

The fuel cell stack in the Forze V is an 18kW unit that drives two electric motors. Regenerative braking stores energy that can be used for a quick burst of up to 60kW (80hp).

For these miniature Formula cars, top speeds are under 100mph and the Forze V's top speed is 75mph. It accelerates from 0-60mph in under 5 seconds and it can travel at one hour at top speed with a full tank of H2.

And so ...

The Forze has been under development for six years.

Photo credits: Delft University of Technology

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