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Forze VII Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Prototype Makes Public Debut

The ADESS-based zero-emissions prototype breaks cover

The hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered prototype Forze VII was revealed to the public during the Gamma Racing Days in Assen (Netherlands) today, some six months after the public launch of the project.

The zero-emission car features an LMP3 monocoque produced by ADESS. The rear of the car was developed by Team Forze. It includes a significant tank in which pressured hydrogen is stored (700 bars). Once it comes in contact with the oxygen present in the air, hydrogen is converted by the fuel cell into electricity (and also water), which is stored in a supercapacitor. This then feeds two electric motors, one connected to each of the rear wheels. Together these motors can deliver a peak power of 200 kW (270 bhp).

Dutch driver Jan Lammers was also in Assen over the week-end: “It is important that our country [The Netherlands] is aware of the alternatives of fossil fuels. Naturally, this hydrogen race car will battle against fossil-fueled cars: hydrogen is an alternative with unlimited possibilities, unlike the limited amount of fossil fuel. I will follow the news of Forze with much interest.”

The car was initially planned to race this weekend and to become the first ever prototype racing in an FIA supported race. “We tested all the individual parts successfully,” said team manager Rick Everaert, “but we have not run the car on track yet. It is obvious that there is still a lot of work to do before this supercar starts winning races.” He added, “It is important that this car covers long distances safely. Therefore more time for testing is needed before the Forze VII sets new world records.”

Forze VII’s other specifications:
0-100 km/h Topspeed: 210 km/h
Weight : 1,100 kg
Size : 4.6 x 1.90 m

Photo courtesy of: Forze Hydrogen Racing