This Hydrogen Supercar Is Ready To Dominate Racetracks

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Most of the modern day supercars can sprint from nought to 100 km/h in under four seconds and are capable of doing a top speed of 210 km/h. When compared against these supercars, the Forze VII that runs on hydrogen and produces no harmful emissions, is pretty super too.

The Forze team, consisting 65 students from Delft University of Technology, has been designing and refining hydrogen-powered race-cars since 2007.

The team's latest brainchild, the Forze VI, was unveiled in 2013. The car had set a Nürburgring lap record for being the fastest hydrogen fuel cell car in 2015.

The team revealed the design for the Forze VII back in March and the car was officially unveiled on Sunday Assen, Netherlands.

Unlike its predecessors, the Forze VII is specially built to compete against petrol-powered cars. The team's main agenda is to convince that the technology can be a reliable and exciting alternative for the gas-guzzlers.

The car sits a LeMans Prototype (LMP) monocoque chassis and weighs in at 1,100 kg.

Even though the car still has a throttle, brake and steering wheel, driving the Forze VII is said to be very different to driving a conventional car.

The car will require an energy buffer that requires charging at the right time. This means that drivers must become accustomed to the vehicle.

Like every other fuel cell vehicles, a cell stack will convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and pure water.

An energy storage system will ensure there is ample power at any given time while the car is accelerating or braking.

A battery management system then sends the power required for the microcontrollers, which control two electric motors. Ultimately, there's a fuel cell power of 100 kW (135hp) and a boost power of 200 kW (270hp) to produce a combined power output of 400hp.

The Forze VII is currently on test runs, the results so far are said to be promising.

The Forze team must prove that the car can endure safely and meet all the required safety norms. Once the tests are completed, the car will be free to hit the racetrack.

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