News: Students make debut with hydrogen car in the racing world

Delft – Student team Forze from Delft University of Technology joins a fossil fuelled race during the Gamma Racing Days on the 5th and 6th of August. The students will compete with a 100% clean hydrogen-electric car, which has never been done before in the racing history.

The team has been working with hydrogen for nearly a decade: from building hydrogen karts till realising world’s first hydrogen racecar. Competing with a hydrogen car however, will be a premiere. It is even the first time that a student team joins the competition, which is a tremendous challenge for the students. By doing so, they want to show the potential and power of hydrogen technology and prove that it is both feasible and exciting.

Former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers has faith in the team. ‘They have grown in many ways, which is wonderful to see’, according to the driver. Lammers is Forze’s ambassador since 2012 and he has close connections with the team. He has been test-driving before and gives advice to the students. ‘It is crucial for us to understand what a driver experiences and notices during a test,’ Joost Berendsen tells, Chief Engineer. ‘Only in this way we can optimize the performance of the vehicle.’ How the car will perform, can be seen on Sunday the 6th around 15:00 on TT Circuit Assen.

 

Speed, innovation and sustainability: Select Courier introducing itself as new partner Forze

Speed, innovation and sustainability: Select Courier introducing itself as new partner of Forze

 

Select Courier B.V. is an innovative logistical e-commerce company from The Netherlands. We use the power of our smart and easy-to-use online booking platform to provide customers with the best shipping solutions from the world’s major couriers to ship their parcels, documents and pallets.

Care for our climate and sustainability are ingrained in who we are. They are vital to how we do business, what projects we invest in and who we partner with. From this standpoint, we have developed a CO2 calculator in our multi-carrier platform that presents the carbon dioxide emission for each shipment. Our platform enables customers to financially compensate this emission. In this way, our customers have compensated tons of CO2 over the last years.

We believe in supporting innovative projects that contribute to sustainable, future-proof logistics. Which brings us to Forze and the development of the hydrogen electric vehicle. Speed, innovation and sustainability – these are the values we share and what makes us very excited about the Forze VII. We are convinced that the hydrogen racer will contribute to more sustainable innovations in transport and logistics. We are excited to partner with Forze and happy to offer our online software, service and shipping solutions.

July: The Countdown

The last month before the world premiere has begun: only one month left before we head east towards the Gamma Racing Days 2017! It has not always been easy, or hardly normal, but we are confident and hopeful to show you the best hydrogen race car ever built. After the valuable learning experience of the Pinksterraces, we are now pushing the limits even more. The repair of the driveshaft demanded quite some hours in order to prevent the malfunction from happening again. After a long session on the dynamometer with a redesigned housing in the gearbox, it is now time to get back on the track. We will now fully focus on racing, making it the best Supercar Challenge ever!

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

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The final month before the grand finale has started.

The past two years, we have been working on the development of this new hydrogen powered race car. Now, the final moment is near. The Forze VII will become world’s first hydrogen electric racer to compete in a competition destined for regular petrol powered cars: the Supercar Challenge 2017.

THE RACE DEBUT

AUGUST 5 & 6
GAMMA RACING DAYS
TT CIRCUIT ASSEN

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June: The First Circuit Test Ever

This might be the hottest newsletter so far! It has definitely been an exciting month. We added some milage to our Forze VII last month with a top speed of 183km/h overnight and the lady has set her very first meters on Circuit Zandvoort. The team has worked incredibly hard to realise this premiere and we are more than happy with the achievements. Have fun reading our June’s newsletter and do not forget to save the date whilst planning your holiday: August 5 & 6!

Electrical Blog #6: Progress of the VII

Hi!

I decided to give a small update on how everything goes until now. So where do we start? Let’s go back to the Pinksterraces on the 3rd and 4th of June! At this nice and quiet event in the dunes of Zandvoort, we made our very first circuit kilometres with the Forze VII. Friday was the first day we came in action and the team worked like a clockwork to get the car on track in time. Five laps later and the first successful circuit debut of the Forze VII was completed. On the next day, we planned to drive a demo in front of the small crowd that turned up that weekend. After two laps, however, a technical problem occurred when our driver Kevin accelerated of the pits. The driveshaft came out of the gearbox and while doing so it damaged the tripod housing of the gearbox.

The driveshaft transfers the power and torque of the electric motors from the gearbox to the hub in the rear uprights, which then eventually makes the rear wheels turn. This driveshaft is placed with a so-called tripod connection in the gearbox as well as in the hub. There is some play in these connections to give the wheel some room to move up and down. Probably, one of the reasons that the tripod came out of the gearbox was because the distance between upright and gearbox was a little too long. We have worked incredibly hard together with our sponsors to produce and assemble new wishbones, pushrods and toe links so that the distance between gearbox and wheel is now shorter than it was before.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for the next track test!

 

Sieger Falkena

Chief Electronics

Pinksterraces: The Public Test Premiere

After an eventful and successful Whitsun weekend at the Zandvoort circuit, we would like to give an update to all the Forze enthusiasts who unfortunately could not make it.

The highlight of last weekend was the Pinksterraces (Whitsun) races! With a thrilling mix of races ranging from BMW Challenges to Equipe GTS races, this truly was an eclectic experience for all car enthusiasts. Starting on Friday and ending on Sunday, these races went on almost all day on all three days, so there was always something to watch and enjoy along with the perfect weather. On top of this, this year’s edition of the Whitsun races included a memorial race for Marcel Albers, who tragically passed away in a racing-related accident in 1992. Whether you love the roar and raw power of a BMW M4, or the elegance and style of an Equipe GTS, there literately was everything for everyone.

Of course, aside from enjoying the races, Forze members were also regularly enjoying nice conversations with sponsors and fans, since this was also our first public appearance with a moving Forze VII. This was an honourable moment for the whole team after having worked long days and nights on the car’s completion, since its conceptual design was made in 2015. So, to celebrate this achievement the whole team had a barbeque together on Saturday, which only made the spirit of the team grow stronger. We would like to thank everyone, especially our sponsors, for your continued support and faith in our team.

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Although she could not make her debut on Sunday, the Forze VII still managed to successfully drive a considerable amount of laps around the circuit, reaching speeds of up to 170km/h. Not only has it given us a feeling of achieving another milestone, but it has also shown the potential of hydrogen technology since the Forze VI. With these successful laps we are well on track for the upcoming race in August: the Supercar Challenge!

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FIRST PUBLIC TEST

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ATTEND FORZE’S FIRST PUBLIC TEST

 

We are going to test the Forze VII on Circuit Zandvoort and you can attend this exclusive first!

The premiere test will be held during the breaks of the Whitsun Races on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of June. Our team will ready the Forze VII on Saturday in order to get to know the feeling, continued with a demonstration lap on the Sunday. We have updated some important components of the car and we also discovered an issue with a PCB lately. It is certainly going to be a race against the clock, but we sincerely hope to be able to show you a driving Forze VII!

But that is not it! The Whitsun weekend promises to deliver two days of great motorsport action with a nice diversity in competing series. The 2017-edition will also feature the famous Marcel Albers Memorial Trophy, with plenty of Formula Ford close racing.

Stay tuned about our circuit experience by following our social media:

Are you just as excited as we are?

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Electrical Blog #5: The PSU and PDU

Electrical Blog #5

Hi, I’m a second year electrical engineering student and I’ve been working as a part-time member at Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing for a while now. In this blog, I’m going to tell you something about the power distribution for the low voltage systems in the Forze VII. Examples of these systems are the waste water pump, the power steering, different cooling fans, but also less demanding equipment like the steering wheel display, the wipers or the headlights that must be powered.

PSU and PDU

Currently, I’ve been assigned to work on the PDU (Power Distribution Unit). The PDU is an important part of the car. It distributes power over different low voltage subsystems of the car. The PDU is connected to a power supply via the PSU (Power Supply Unit). The PSU converts DC voltage from the connected source to different DC voltage levels. The main source of a hydrogen electric car is of course the fuel cell, where hydrogen and oxygen are converted into water and electric energy. This is where the low voltage loads get their power from when the car is driving. However, the low voltage systems in the car must be able to start up before enabling the fuel cell. Therefore the PSU must also be able to convert supply power from an auxiliary supply and a startup battery.

The first thing that happens in the PSU is that the voltage from the supply is reduced to a fixed voltage level, this voltage must be the same, independent of the connected power supply. This voltage is then converted to a few different voltage levels with DC-DC converters. The outputs of these are connected to the PDU. Over there, the power is distributed over the loads. All low voltage loads in the car are connected to the PDU via load switches. The function of these load switches is to be able to remotely connect or disconnect the loads from the supply, to monitor the current and protect against overcurrent.

The first thing I learned when I started on this project is that you have to keep a lot of factors in mind. Not only are the components you choose not ideal, but you also need to account for your supply and load not being ideal and steady. For example, when you have an inductive load, you can’t just switch it off. In the worst case, your switch would break down, since an inductor doesn’t allow for a sudden change in current. Of course there are solutions for this relatively simple problem and for a lot of other problems, and that introduces you to a lot of concepts and techniques that are used in pcb design, that you don’t necessarily learn during the bachelor electrical engineering. This is one of the reasons that I think working in a DreamTeam is a valuable experience. It gains you a lot of insight in the practical applications of a lot of things that you learn during courses, but that you do not really get the chance to use.

– Maurice, electrical engineer at Forze