Entering a new era
After the introduction of the Forze VI in the Summer of 2013, the team has reached many highlights, obtained many successes and gathered a treasure of knowledge from testing. The Forze VI is six times more powerful and efficient than its predecessors and was specially designed to compete against gasoline powered cars. It is one of the first sports cars worldwide which contains a fuel cell system. With the Forze VI, the tone was set and realistic goals for the upcoming years were set.
The Forze VI is equipped with a lightweight body and diffuser for improved aerodynamics and thus she was ready to obtain a lap record at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
|0-100 km/h||<4 seconds|
|Top speed||210 km/h|
|Fuel Cell power||100 kW (135 hp)|
|Boost power||190 kW (258 hp)|
|Size||3,5 x 1,76 m|
|Suspension||Push rod with carbon links|
|Fuel Cell system||Ballard FC Velocity MK1100 stack with Forze balance of plant hardware & software.|
|Drivetrain||Planetary Gears (ratio 1:3.66)|
The Forze VI is designed and build based on a Lotus 7 type frame which was a big challenge for the Chief Engineer. It was difficult to package a hydrogen fuel cell into a different type of frame which was originally designed for a combustion engine. A stack of Ballards provides the power while many components around the fuel cell are custom made and prototypes.
The air system to provide oxygen to produce additional power pumps 5000 liters of air through the system. This is due to many components inside the car which needs to be cooled such as the motors, DC/DC convertors and the energy buffer. The total amount of hydrogen in the tanks is 3 kg.
After 2,5 years of hard work, the Forze VI obtained a lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife on May 7, 2015 of 10:43:56 minutes, turning the Forze VI into the fastest race car in the world that runs on hydrogen.
After the obtained lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife it was time for the participation at the well-attended Gamma Racing Day. The Forze VI got the chance to demonstrate herself together with famous Formula One drivers such as Max Verstappen, Tim and Tom Coronel and Alex Márquez. With 87,500 spectators and a successful run it was a great event.