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After the world debut of hydrogen electric racing by the Forze VII, there was still a lot of work to do in order to win races. Therefore, the Forze VII was stripped down to nothing but the LMP3 monocoque in 2017. From that state she was completely rebuilt with new and better components. Some of the major projects were: implementation of a 700 bar hydrogen system, completely new front and rear suspension, total redesign and production of the electrical wiring harness, and obviously a completely new carbon fibre bodywork for much higher aerodynamic efficiency. Furthermore, the packaging of all components was drastically changed to improve the car’s performance.
Due to all of these huge upgrades, the Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing Team has been able to celebrate their first podium during a race!
Why the hydrogen racecar was built
The Forze VIII was built to compete – and win – against petrol powered cars, specifically in the sport class of the Benelux Supercar Challenge.
The Supercar Challenge race weekend at the Gamma Racing Days consists of a free practice session and qualifying on Friday, a 60 min race on Saturday and a 45 min race on Sunday.
Even though the Forze VIII has a 700 bar refueling option implemented, it is not allowed to refuel hydrogen gas on track during the race. This is unfortunate, as quick refueling is one of the major advantages of hydrogen over for example battery electric vehicles. Luckily, another advantage of hydrogen in mobility is high endurance. The brand new 700 bar fuel tanks provide us with enough capacity to finish the race without refueling. Competing in the Supercar Challenge has demonstrated the potential of hydrogen and the future of sustainable racing!
In the Future, it is Forze’s goal to participate in higher classes of the Supercar Challenge such as the Prototype and GT class. In the long term, we plan to move towards endurance racing, hoping to participate in the announced hydrogen class at the 24H of Le Mans, which is set to be held from 2024.
What we have accomplished
The Forze VIII became the first hydrogen race car in history to compete in a FIA certified race. On August 18th 2018, she raced in the sport division of the Supercar Challenge against petrol-powered supercars.
In August of 2019, Forze celebrated its greatest achievement yet. The Forze VIII competed in the Supercar Challenge at the Gamma Racing Days again and defeated 41 other cars, coming in 2nd place. This success highlighted the capability of the team and makes us even more excited to see what the future has in store for us.
On the circuit of Zandvoort, the Forze VIII holds the official lap record for electric sports cars at 1:56.958 during a test where conditions were far from ideal. On the TT Circuit Assen, the unofficial lap record of the Forze VIII is 1:55.809.