Hyundai and the TU Delft team are developing a hydrogen racing car

The Forze Hydrogen Racing student team at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands is receiving support from South Korean automaker Hyundai in the development of the next generation of its Forze hydrogen racing car.

With a top speed of up to 300 km/h, the Forze IX is set to become the fastest hydrogen racing car in the world, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds. This year’s development phase is to be followed by the second round of funding and completion of the 1.5-tonne H2 race car in 2022. On board, the Forze IX will have two fuel cell systems from a total power of 240 kilowatts and an accumulator. with a maximum power of 600 kilowatts.

A team of Delft students had previously designed a hydrogen racing vehicle, the Forze VIII. The model now planned is to represent the further development of this racing car. Hyundai sees the collaboration with Forze as an opportunity to push the boundaries of hydrogen mobility.

“Hyundai is thrilled to enter into this partnership with Forze. Building on our leadership in fuel cell mobility and Forze’s ambition to take hydrogen to the next level, together we will push the boundaries of what is possible in the development of zero-emission racing,” said Tyrone Johnson, Head of Vehicle Development at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center.

The Forze Motorsport team consists of more than 60 students from Delft University of Technology with interdisciplinary backgrounds. The students each work together full-time or part-time at Forze for a year to gain experience in fuel cell technology.

Hyundai Motor, in turn, brings its experience in the research and development of fuel cell electric vehicles. Since the commercialization of the first mass-produced fuel cell electric car, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell from 2013, the South Korean company has gradually expanded its range of fuel cell vehicles. Today, Hyundai also produces the Hyundai Nexo FC car and the Xcient Fuel Cell heavy truck. By 2025, the company plans to sell 110,000 fuel cell vehicles.

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