The last kart which was designed to compete in the Formula Zero competition. The Forze III was introduced in the summer of 2010 in the Hague. Increase in fuel cell power and an improved electronic system which was lighter and 'smarter'. On the other hand, during the development of the Forze III, the team also started with a self designed fuel cell system to compete in the Formula Student class with the Forze IV.
Introduction at the Hague. Ho Pin Tung, a well known F1 test-driver, demonstrated the Forze III.
The team improved the fuel cell power with 10% this year, because of the optimized control system. A new DC/DC convertor is used which is more reliable and adjustable. Other motor controllers make it possible to use the kinetic energy from the rear wheels to fill up the energy buffer. This buffer is larger then last year due to the increase of boostcaps (40 instead of 32). The bodywork of the Forze III is extremely lightweight. This is achieved by creating a totally new production method, using a frame and special stretch fabrics to create organic shapes. After it was finished, the whole bodywork was painted by Deurloo Autoschade with Glasurit products.
|Size||2,35 x 1,5 m|
|Fuel cell power||8.8 kW|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||<5 seconds|
|Top Speed||120 km/h|
In this year, the team competed with a combustion kart at the Dutch GP. This event has been organized in the centre of the Hague by the team itself. More Formula Zero teams were invited but technical and financial problems prevented them to compete against the Forze III.
Besides the race, the kart was used for multiple demonstrations. The Forze III drove trough the centre of Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Race and in foreign locations like Berlin (Challenge Bibendum) and Aruba (Dutch island near Venezuela).
The Forze III in action at the Dutch GP. Summer 2010.