Hydrogen Race Car of the Future Ready For Unveiling

Forze presents the new Forze VII

After revealing the design on the 10th of March, TU Delft student team Forze has been working very hard to produce and realize their hydrogen supercar. Several months later, the Forze VII will now be presented to the public for the very first time on Sunday 7th of August 2016 during the Gamma Racing Day. The official unveiling will happen at 10.00am at the TT Circuit in Assen. During this presentation, Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers will do the honors.
Lammers is excited about the Forze VII: “It is important that our country 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.”

Tests

“Tests are running well,” says team manager Rick Everaert, “although it is obvious that there is still a lot of work to do before this supercar will win races,” he continues. It is important that this car can cover long distances safely. Therefore more time for testing is needed before the Forze VII can set new world records.

Technology

The Forze VII is a hydrogen-fueled car. This means that hydrogen is tanked, which is an expertise of the new main sponsor Pitpoint. Together with oxygen from the air, this will be converted into water and electricity. The cars of Forze are the only racecars on earth which can be driven without any harmful emissions. Also, refueling is just as fast as normal fossil fuel, which is a big plus, according to team manager Everaert. Students of the TU Delft use many innovative technologies like KERS (Kinectic Energy Recovery Systems) which can be found in Formula 1 cars as well.

Specifications

0-100 km/h <4 seconds

Topspeed 210 km/h

Fuel Cell power 100 kW (135 hp)

Boost power 200 kW (270 hp)

Weight 1100 kg

Size 4,6 x 1,90 m

Production of the Forze VII

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Forze VII, the most innovative race car in the world, is taking shape. The team members are working really hard to get all the components together and get the car together to start testing as soon as possible. Every department is almost ready to put the car together. Below the last steps of each department will be discussed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The vehicle dynamics department is 99% finished with the rear suspension. The real suspension has been fitted to the car as can be seen on the image. Also, the wheels have been already fitted to the car. I can tell, it looked awesome! The front suspension is currently in production. The wishbone tubes are all in and will be welded this week. All the raw material are currently at the machining company and is being worked on.  As soon as it comes in we will be able to put this car on its wheels and start testing the car.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6925″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6927″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]To start testing the car, off course we need fuel cell power!  To be able to dissipate more than 100KW of heat produced by the fuel cell, the fuel cell department has to install the cooling radiators. These have to cool the equivalent energy consumption of 100 households. The installation is nearly finished as you can see on the picture.

The fuel cell team has also been busy with testing the AMK, the electromotor that pumps the required air into the fuel cell system. We can safely say it works according to specs and the cooling cycle works as it should. This also means that all required components are finished, and are also in the car already.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The bodywork is beginning to take shape! The lamination of the panels have had some delay but Jasper and Casper are working very hard to make sure these panels are all finished when needed. The ducts are already finished and assembled. They are ready for final trimming and fitting to the car, but wait there is more! Three of the four big moulds have been laminated and the parts look very nice when they came out the mould; very little mould residue. The bottom plate which houses several components and has the functionality to create downforce and reduce drag  has been fitted to the car. Also, the front wing and duct leading edges are currently being milled.  The picture shows the progression of the cooling ducts in the car. I hardly dare to say so, but they look really cool![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6926″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6928″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The Electronic department may be one of the most dedicated departments lately. They are so busy since they are involved in nearly every component that comes in the car. The electronics guys have been busy with assembling the PCB’s and their respective casings. Furthermore, Fokker Elmo dropped by to give some more shielding material and also gave a short lesson on how splice or not to splice. This is very welcoming since the wiring tree is coming along nicely! With the help of old board members, very much appreciated, the cable loom is going strong. But it proves a lot of work. Also, we started the milling of the bussbars, which is not as much work as we thought. And the moulds for the buffer casings are also at the foundry as we speak.

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Begin production of Bodywork

IMG_7027The production of the bodywork and aerodynamic components is well on its way, which is a delight to many! This week, the three panels for the bottom plate went into the autoclave to cure. Holland Composites was kind enough to put our panels in their autoclave. The panels consist of lightweight aluminium honeycomb with skins on the top and bottom made from a mix of carbon fibre and Dyneema fibre that we got from DSM. In this way, we combine the best of both worlds with the strength of the carbon and toughness of the Dyneema in order to get both a stiff and robust undertray. The stiffness is important mainly so that it supports the side pod and other bodywork well whereas the tough Dyneema functions to protect the underside of the car from gravel and the curbstones on the racetrack. We produced the skins before bonding them to the core material in the autoclave, which for some of the newer team members meant their first practical experience with composites production. Because the bottom plate is flat, we laminated the skins on aluminium sheets that Plaatopmaatwinkel.nl provided for us.

 

 

IMG_7025The moulds for the main bodywork panels arrived Wednesday evening after a trip to Solicam, the company who produced them, to pick them up. An exciting moment after waiting a few weeks while the mill was chipping away. In the coming weeks, a part of the team will focus on preparing the moulds and laminating the carbon fibre body panels. We are laminating by hand, after which we apply pressure on the product using a vacuum bag, in order to draw out excess resin and consolidate the panel. We are using quite a lot of different materials for this process, and Bouwmeester Advanced Composites B.V. was kind enough to provide us with them. These body panels will really shape the car! Most of the body panels are not yet critical for testing since a lot of the testing will be done on a dyno or at low velocities. The bodywork serves mostly to protect the components in the car, and some parts create downforce in order to gain more cornering speed.

Stay tuned for more technical updates!

Delivered parts of Forze VII by our sponsors

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The past few months, some of our sponsors have shown us how important they are by delivering some crucial parts of the Forze VII. We would like to show our appreciation towards these sponsors!

To test our energy buffer, which is used to temporarily store energy from our fuel cell during driving, we’ve used the power supplies delivered by Delta Elektronika bv and a large tram radiator delivered by ALSTOM. Testing our energy buffer is very important, so thanks a lot for delivering these items![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6887″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6857″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]A crucial part of the Forze VII is the monocoque. This monocoque, which can be seen as the skeleton of the car, is produced by ADESS. The rear subframe is designed by our team members, but ADESS made it possible to produce this carbon fibre monocoque[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]One of the key components in the suspension is the upright. This part connects the wishbones to the wheel and it houses the wheel hub and brake calliper. When designing anything in the suspension weight savings is always important in order to reduce the wheel mass, less weight means a more agile and faster responding car. However in the suspension safety is of utmost importance, one mistake and a wheel can come of at 200 kph. All in all the uprights are an intricate piece of engineering which was done by one of our part-timers. And an even more stellar job was done by Klift, a loyal sponsor, who produced uprights.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6900″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6889″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]At last, we would like to thank Bodycote and Klift Metaalbewerking. These two sponsors have helped us creating and heat treating the wheel hubs for the Forze VII. The hubs are different than the previous ones since the connection to the drive shaft is implemented into the design of the hubs. This makes it all one part, which we really like. For producing these hubs, we’ve used diamond tools and a special production method called Electrical discharge machining.
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Design presentation 10 march 2016

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]On the 10th of march Forze had the design presentation of the Forze VII. In the presentation team manager Rick Everaert spoke about the team and our goal, racing in the Supercar Challenge on the GAMMA Racing Day. After Rick spoke it was time for Daan Sistermans, representative of the new main sponsor of Forze, PitPoint.

Chief Fuel Cell, Sjoerd van Empelen, gave all the technical details of the new race car. One of the improvements in the design of the Forze VII is the aerodynamics, by decreasing drag and increasing downforce the lap times improve. The Fuell Cell system will be more reliable, lighter and have longer range because the hydrogen tanks will be bigger.

Together with Jan Lammers, former Formula one driver, Sjoerd revealed the monocoque. Lammers told everyone about his own experience racing and how safety has improved since he started racing. The monocoque Forze is using in the Forze VII is a LMP, a Le Mans Protoype.

The whole presenation can be seen in the first youtube clip, the presentation starts at 49 minutes. The official design reveal can be seen in the second clip in this article.

After the presentation everyone went to the Dreamhall for some drinks, sponsored by Sodexo. In the Dreamhall it was possible for everyone to take a closer look at the Forze VI and the monocoque for the Forze VII.

If you would like to get more information about the design of the Forze VII send an e-mail to info@forze-delft.nl

 

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Sponsor Event 2015

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]On September 7, 2015 Forze held a sponsor event at Circuit Park Zandvoort to thank the sponsors for their support throughout the year. The team held a presentation which was followed up by a barbeque. Finally taxi rides were offered on the famous Dutch race track to close the event.

During the sponsor event, our photographer has taken some nice pictures of the day which we would like to share.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flickity_style” images=”6409,6410,6411,6412,6413,6414,6415,6416″ onclick=”link_image” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Thomas & Betts and Altec

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]When the top bodywork of the Forze VI is removed at an event, the thing most people immediately notice is the large amount of cables in the car. For the materials we use in this cable tree we can rely on our loyal sponsors. Here we want to highlight two of them: Thomas & Betts and Altec.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]We have a lot of electronic components in the car and they all have to be powered and communicate with each other. Of course, the cable tree for the Forze VI has been produced quite some time ago but every time a component has to be changed or sensor is addes, the cable tree has to get an update as well.

In the last months we have been experimenting with making our own cables, which enables us to have at every place the exact number of wires we want. To protect the wires from external influences, they are covered with the heat shrink. And when we need heat shrink, we ask Thomas & Betts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6084″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][image_with_animation image_url=”6085″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In”][vc_column_text]Adri van Agtmaal, representative of Thomas & Betts, visiting the Forze workshop[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][vc_column_text]Thomas & Betts is a designer and manufacturer of connectors and components for electrical and communication markets. For years already, they supply us with Ty-Raps, lugs, ferrules and other articles used to produce or fix the cable tree.

To make sure we can identify all different cables and plug them in at the point they are supposed to go, all cables are labelled. Here is why Altec comes in. In the past they have supplied us with a Brady label printer and since then we new cartridges when we need them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcement new goal and board IX

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Breaking news! Last year our goal was to become the fastest hydrogen-powered car to lap the Nurburgring. This year, after achieving our previous goal, we are taking things to the next level.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][vc_column_text]The new goal will be: to win the Sport Class of the Supercar Challenge at the Gamma Racing Day in 2016. Not only we will do that but we will build our next car for it![/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw86ik7i030″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6044″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

And here is the new board with whom we will achieve the new goal. The 9th board of Forze Hydrogen Racing, from left to right:
Thomas Boogaart – Chief Vehicle Dynamics
Sjoerd van Empelen – Chief Fuel Cell
Jasper Schenk – Chief Bodywork
Marc Bisschop – Chief Electronics
Rick Everaert – Team Manager
Werner Jousma – Chief Engineer
Casper van Diën – Chief Aerodynamics

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Forze VI beats electric lap record on Zandvoort

Amsterdam, 16th of November – Students of the University of Technology Delft have broken the electric lap record with the Forze VI which runs on hydrogen. The previous record was set by a Tesla Roadster three years ago. The student team has unofficially beaten the previous record with 5.5 seconds which shows the potential of hydrogen-electric technology.

With the new unofficial lap record standing at 2.05.45 minutes, the student team was able to beat the electric lap record. The official lap record attempt was scheduled for the 16th of November but could not continue due to bad weather and a technical problem. The student team beat the hydrogen lap record of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany earlier this year. The hydrogen lap record was driven by former Formula One driver Jan Lammers. Team Manager Rick Everaert of Forze Hydrogen Racing says: ‘ While it is unfortunate that the attempt could not continue today, we are looking forward to new opportunities and challenges in the upcoming year. With this milestone we are showing the world what this technology can do and hopefully we will inspire people to work with hydrogen-electric technology’.

Hydrogen as racing fuel

The innovation of this hydrogen race car shows the potential of hydrogen as a fuel. Hydrogen can be used as a fuel when a fuel cell is in the car which let the hydrogen react with oxygen. With this reaction the two gasses turn into water and energy. This energy is used to actuate the electric motors.  Erik Kemink, CEO of PitPoint, possible new main sponsor of Forze says: ‘We would like to become the main sponsor of this student team because like Forze, we believe that hydrogen is the future in mobility. This result shows the potential of hydrogen’.

Racing

Forze is innovating the hydrogen fuel cell technology since 2007, in the upcoming years they will try to compete with race cars with combustion engines. The goal for this academic year is to win the sports class of the Supercar Challenge on the Gamma Racing Day 2016. For the Supercar challenge a new car will be build, the Forze VII.

About Forze

Forze is the high-tech race team of the University of Technology Delft which tries to innovate hydrogen fuel cell technology. By racing this technology the student team tries to educate the general public about the possibilities of hydrogen. For more information about Forze Hydrogen Racing and their ambitions please contact: Rick Everaert, Team Manager of Formula Zero Team Delft. E-mail: r.everaert@forze-delft.nl. Telephone: +31(0)152789880 / Mobile phone: +31(0)6 46414005. Website:www.forze-delft.nl

About PitPoint

PitPoint is the possible new main Sponsor of Formula Zero Team Delft. PitPoint is the new name of CNG Net and LNG 24 but will also be supplying hydrogen as a clean fuel and will also be active in electric charging for companies and individuals.

 

Rick Everaert | Team manager | 09/2015-09/2016
T: +31 (0)15 2789880 | M: +31 (0)6 46414005
Stevinweg 4 | 2628CN Delft | The Netherlands
www.forze-delft.nl

 

Dutch version below

 

’s Werelds eerste waterstofauto verbreekt ronderecord Tesla Roadster op circuit van Zandvoort 
Amsterdam, 16 november – Studenten aan de TU Delft hebben met hun zelfgebouwde raceauto op waterstof het elektrisch ronderecord op Circuitpark Zandvoort verbroken. Het team van Forze heeft met de waterstof-elektrisch aangedreven Forze VI het voormalige record van de Tesla Roadster verbroken. Het nieuwe record van 2 minuten, 5 seconden en 450 milliseconden laat zien wat voor potentie een op waterstof aangedreven auto heeft.

Met het nieuwe ronderecord van 2:05:45 min heeft het Forze team het elektrisch ronde record op eigen bodem verbroken. Het studententeam reed 5:45 seconden onder het oude record van Tesla tijdens een proefrecord afgelopen week. De officiële poging stond voor vandaag gepland, maar kon wegens de weersomstandigheden en een technische fout niet doorgaan. De Delftse racewagen op waterstof verbrak afgelopen mei al het ronderecord op de Nürburing Nordschleife in Duitsland met oud-coureur Jan Lammers achter het stuur. Rick Everaert, teammanager van Forze Hydrogen Racing: “Hoewel het natuurlijk heel jammer is dat de poging van vandaag is gesneuveld, zijn wij ontzettend blij met en trots op dit resultaat. Dit geeft de bekendheid van waterstof als brandstof bij het grote publiek hopelijk een duw in de goede richting. Jan Peter Balkenende, oud-premier Ambassadeur van Forze: Het officiële record is op 3 november gereden en toont aan dat waterstof de toekomst heeft.”

Waterstof als brandstof
Met de ontwikkeling van waterstofracewagens wil Forze de potentie van waterstof als brandstof onderstrepen. Dit werkt als volgt: in de brandstofcel van de waterstofracewagen reageren waterstof en zuurstof met elkaar. De aandrijving is elektrisch, maar de raceauto wekt de elektriciteit aan boord zelf op door waterstofgas in een brandstofcel om te zetten. Het grote voordeel hiervan is dat je geen batterijen hoeft op te laden, zoals bij een batterij-elektrische auto. Erik Kemink van PitPoint, toekomstig hoofdsponsor van Forze: “Wij zijn verheugd om hoofdsponsor van het Forze team te worden. Wij zijn er namelijk van overtuigd dat waterstof de brandstof van de toekomst is. Het ronderecord bevestigt dit maar eens weer.”

Racen

Het Formula Zero Team Delft houdt zich al sinds 2007 bezig met het ontwikkelen van waterstoftechnologie. De komende jaren wil het team de strijd aangaan met racewagens met een verbrandingsmotor, met als eerstvolgende doel het winnen van de sportklasse van de Supercar Challenge op de Gamma Racing Day 2016. Everaert: “Vol goede moed durven wij als team nu in 2016 deel te nemen aan de Super Car Challenge op de Gamma Racing Day. We doen dit dan met onze nieuwe waterstofauto, de Forze VII.”

Over Forze
Forze is het high-tech waterstof raceteam van de TU Delft dat zich bezighoudt met de ontwikkeling van op waterstof aangedreven raceauto’s. Door deze techniek te meten met fossiele brandstof, brengen ze de combinatie motorsport en duurzame technologie onder de aandacht. Meer informatie over het Forze Hydrogen Race Team en/of haar ambities op het gebied van waterstof: Rick Everaert, Team manager van Forze Hydrogen Racing.

E-mail: r.everaert@forze-delft.nl, telefoon: 015 278 9880 / mobiel: 0646414005, Website: www.forze-delft.nl

Over PitPoint
PitPoint wordt de nieuwe hoofdsponsor van Forze. PitPoint is per 1 januari 2016 de nieuwe naam van CNG Net en LNG 24 en dé leverancier van Groengas (CNG) en LNG maar biedt ook andere schone brandstoffen aan als Waterstof en infrastructuur voor Elektrisch laden voor bedrijven, overheden én particulieren.
Rick Everaert | Team manager | 09/2015-09/2016

T: +31 (0)15 2789880 | M: +31 (0)6 46414005
Stevinweg 4 | 2628CN Delft | The Netherlands
www.forze-delft.nl

Interview with Edwin de Kreij

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Recently we got in touch with one of Forze’s former chief engineers, Edwin de Kreij. He worked on the Forze III in 2010 and currently is an employee of Jaguar Land Rover. We asked him a few questions about his stay at Forze and here is what Edwin has to say.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]What is your name and where do you work at the moment? 
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Chief Engineer Forze III, responsible for the technical design and production of the Forze III.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][vc_column_text]What effect did Forze have on your personal development in terms of skills and knowledge? 
I regard my year as Chief Engineer at Forze as the most important year of my studies. Without it, I wouldn’t be here where I am today. I still benefit from the skills and knowledge that I learned during that year today. Especially the interpersonal and management skills I regard as very important.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][vc_column_text]What did you like most about working at Forze?
What I liked the most about Forze, is the family atmosphere of the team. When you enter the office and workshop, you really sense that this team is working on something special. You also feel that everyone is willing to help each other out in order to reach the end-goal of building a top end hydrogen electric race car.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6037″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][image_with_animation image_url=”5980″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_large=”yes”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][image_with_animation image_url=”6007″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][vc_column_text]

How does the job you did at Forze relate to your job at Jaguar Land Rover? 
My job at Jaguar Land Rover is quite similar to my job at Forze. I only focus on a smaller area of the process now, since the projects are much larger. However, even in a smaller area of the process, I still use the skills and knowledge that I learned at Forze. It also helps that I have experienced the whole process of developing a car from design to production at Forze. Due to this, it is much easier for me to understand the process of product development at Jaguar Land Rover.

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How did the experience at Forze help you get a job at Jaguar Land Rover?
During the interview phase, there was much emphasis on the experience you have had with working on special projects in teams. My year at Forze as Chief Engineer was a perfect example of this. It really caught the attention of the managers that interviewed me and definitely helped me getting the position at Jaguar Land Rover.

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Could you tell potential Forze team members why they should join the Forze?
If you like engineering, love to work on high-tech automotive projects and aspire a job in the highly competitive automotive industry, Forze is the way to go. This will be your only chance during your studies to stand out from the rest of the students and enjoy the process of building a fantastic car powered by future technologies.

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