The departments are finalising most of their new designs. This enables us to reach the next important phase in our year: production and assembly. The newly improved subframe plays a key role in this process: since the current frame has to be taken off the car to be altered, all components have to be taken out as well. A massive operation indeed. New parts need to be developed and fully new body work will be produced.
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The rear part of the subframe, called the bulk head, will be modified to suit the new packaging concept, aero package and rear suspension. The current bulk head will be sawed off the frame, and a new one will be welded onto it. This can obviously not be done while the frame is on the car. And since most components are mounted on the frame, it will be a big task getting the frame out.
We will start by disconnecting all cables and tubing running through the car. This means all cooling fluids have to be drained (and stored) first. We will then take out all pumps, compressors, nodes, fuel cell components, controllers and many more, and finally the fuel cell itself. This has to happen very neatly and securely, as most components will go back in as soon as the frame is done.
The frame will take a few weeks to be produced, and then the reassembling can begin. During this time, lots of new components will be produced. These involve a new low voltage power system, cable tree, low side junction box, humidifier, water separator as well as a whole new rear suspension. The first tests will be conducted in the workshop, but we plan to move to dyno testing soon after.
The most labour intensive project is then yet to be finished. The entire new bodywork will enter production within several weeks, and will take up until the end of April to be finished completely. This week 180m2 of carbon fibre arrived, from which the bodywork will be built. Production will take place at Airborne in The Hague, allowing us to use top facilities for the best result. Finishing the bodywork means we can go on track to test the new car to its limits, and prepare for the Gamma Racing Day in August.
After months spent on designing, doing reference work, hours of 3D modeling, tech-meetings with partners and former team we believe these projects will improve the performance of Forze in reliability, endurance and speed . This should enable us to outrun even more fossil fueled cars on the track and promote the possibilities of a hydrogen fueled future to even more people than last year.
On January 9th the Forze VII was in the spotlight during a company event of Wensink. The Dutch car dealership company invited us to present our team and car and to take part in a entertaining show for their 900 employees. This meant that our driver Leo put on his Forze racesuit again and drove the Forze VII on stage. Then we shared our passion for hydrogen mobility with the huge audience. A few minutes later we featured in an amazing show together with live music, acrobats, and countless zero-emission vehicles: electric motorbikes, a hydrogen converted Tesla or ‘Hesla’ (enabling it to drive 1000km), our colleagues from the Nuon solar team and many more. Despite all of these amazing acts, our hydrogen race car really stood out. This was Forze’s first real dynamic exhibition and immediately it was a success. We concluded that our blue lady looks just as good on stage as on track.
HIGH SCHOOL VISIT
Friday January 12th Simon visited his old high school, Mencia de Mendoza Lyceum in Breda, to inspire students by giving lectures on hydrogen and race car physics. If you are passionate about a subject, it is surprisingly easy to fill full lecture hours. It was great to see that the students asked a lot of tough questions; more than most adults.
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