New lap record on Nürburgring with an hydrogen race car


According to the TU Delft university in Netherlands, a fuel cell powered race car built by students  is claimed to be the fastest of its kind, with a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife recorded under 11 minutes on May 7. This circuit located in Germany is nicknamed as green hell, due to  the profile of the track (21 km and 73 corners).

This new record has been set up with the Forze VI car. This evolution has been unveiled in 2013 by the Forze student racing team, after two-and-a-half years in development. It uses a Ballard FC Velocity MK1100 stack fuel cell system, lightweight bodywork with a diffuser for improved aerodynamics, pushrod suspension and a planetary gear system.

The car is said to be six times more powerful than its predecessor, the Forze V, with an output of 100 kW (135 hp) and boost power of 190 kW (258 hp). It can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in less than four seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

Forze team, which has been developing hydrogen-powered racing cars since its inception, in 2008, aims to compete in the future at 24 Hours of Le Mans race.


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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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