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Delft University team wants to smash the Toyota Mirai hydrogen distance record with the Eco Runner XI
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Delft University team wants to smash the Toyota Mirai hydrogen distance record with the Eco Runner XI

A team of engineers from Delft University of Technology will next week try to set a new distance record for a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single fill.

Carrying out the record attempt in Eco Runner XI, an urban concept car, the team will try to break the current record set by the Toyota Mirai, which covered 623 miles without refuelling last month.

Read more: Toyota Mirai breaks world record for distance travelled with one fill of hydrogen

Equipped with two ultra-lightweight, high pressure Type 3 carbon composite cylinders from AMS Composite Cylinders, the vehicle can hold approximately 450g of hydrogen when full.

Ahead of the attempt, Reinout Sterk, Chief Engineer at Eco-Runner, explained, “We’ve already proved Eco-Runner XI has the efficiency required – now it’s about being able to deliver that over an extended period. At an average speed of 40km/hour, it’s going to be a real test of endurance for the vehicle and team!

“When it comes to efficiency challenges, weight matters, and we needed a gas cylinder that was lightweight, durable and space efficient. AMS Composite Cylinders were the ideal solution – the 300-bar pressure gives us the extra capacity we need without taking up extra space.”

Founded in 2005 by a team of Aerospace Engineering Students, Eco-Runner Team Delft is committed to promoting a sustainable future by building the world’s most efficient hydrogen powered city car.

Eco-Runner XI is the latest in a series of vehicles that has successfully competed in eco-marathons and hydrogen efficiency events across the world.

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