Hyundai Motor has announced a partnership with Forze Hydrogen Racing, a student team that designs, builds and competes hydrogen electric racing automobiles for the promotion of fuel cell mobility.
In 2021, Forze will finish the first iteration of Forze IX with one “balance of plant”, prior to implementing the second balance and finishing the car in 2022. Once completed, it is expected to be the world’s fastest fuel cell electric racing car and a profound breakthrough in sustainable racing. The Forze IX will have a top speed of 300kph, and an acceleration from 0-100 kph in less than three seconds. Weighing 1,500kg, the Forze IX will carry two fuel cell systems with a total combined output of 240kW, an accumulator with a maximum boost power of 600kW, and will be all-wheel drive.
Hyundai will cooperate with Forze to further push the boundaries of fuel cell mobility, as student innovators from the Forze team will consult with engineers from Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre (HMETC) in Rüsselsheim, Germany for their expertise, experience and support.
“Forze is an exciting team made up of some of the brightest young minds, and with a proven pedigree of bringing fuel cell mobility to the race track,” said Tyrone Johnson, Head of Vehicle Development at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre. “Hyundai is delighted to enter into this partnership with Forze. By drawing on our leadership in fuel cell mobility and Forze’s ambition to take hydrogen to the next level, together we will push the boundaries of what’s possible in the development of zero-emissions racing.”
The Forze Motorsport team consists of more than 60 students from Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology) in the Netherlands, with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. They work a year full- or part-time to gain experience in the Forze team and particularly in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Hyundai brings its decades of experience and leadership in innovation and the development of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). The company’s second-generation mass-produced FCEV, the NEXO, will launch in Australia later this month.