The Force VII, a racing car developed by students from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), has been recognised as the first ever hydrogen racing car to secure a podium place in an official race.
The Forze VIII took place in a race on 24th August (2019) alongside 43 petrol-powered racing cars. After the 45-minute race, the pink racing car finished in second place in its class.
“We are extremely proud of our performance today. Never before has a hydrogen-powered vehicle left other cars behind in an official race – let alone in a race against these kinds of petrol-powered cars,” said Zhi Wei Cai, Team Manager.
“This place on the podium is not only the results of our efforts this past year, but of 12 years of hard work. We are the first ever student team to achieve this global first – quite unreal.”
In the hydrogen race car, the electricity is produced in the fuel cell while driving by combining hydrogen from the tank with oxygen from the air outside; the only emission released is water. The car can be refuelled in three minutes.
“The pink racing car is not technically comparable to petrol-powered competition, but in terms of performance, the car comes close to the Porsches and BMW’s in action in the race,” said Cai.
“The Force VIII can accelerate to 100km/h within four seconds and can reach speeds of over 210 km/h. The maximum torque the motors can deliver is 780 Nm. This is the same ‘turning power’ as a 10cm-long wrench with a weight of 780kg at the end.”
“By way of comparison, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, one of the Italian sports car manufacturer’s fastest models, gets no further than 718 Nm.”