Forze VI hydrogen fuel cell car sets unverified Nürburgring lap record

The Forze VI on the track(Credit: TU Delft)

A hydrogen fuel cell car built by students from TU Delft university is claimed to have become the fastest of its kind to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Forze VI car was unveiled in 2013 by the Forze student racing team. It is said to have lapped the circuit in under 11 minutes on May 7.

Forze was set up in 2008 and has been developing hydrogen-powered racing cars since its inception. The team aims to race head-to-head with combustion engines in the coming years and ultimately to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race powered by nothing but hydrogen.

The Forze VI car has been two-and-a-half years in development, with the aim of beating the lap record for hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars on the Nordschleife. 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).

According to Forze, the Forze VI reached speeds of up to 170 km/h (106 mph) during its stint on the Nordschleife. The team says that the sub-11-minute time in which it completed the 21-km (13-mile), 73-corner circuit is faster than that of any other hydrogen fuel cell car so far. Although the lap was not allowed to be timed, the on-board video from the vehicle gives an accurate indication of pace.

Team leader Menno Dalmijn says the lap data gathered will help the team to reach the higher power limits of the car, which he says has apparently only been driven at half-power to date.

The video below shows the Forze VI in action on the Nürburgring.

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