Hyundai is joining forces with Forze Hydrogen Racing to develop the world’s fastest hydrogen-electric racing car.
The Forze Motorsport team consists of more than 60 students from Technische Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands, working a year full-or part-time to gain experience in the team and particularly in the field of hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
As a student team, Forze design, build and compete hydrogen-electric racing cars all with the purpose to promote hydrogen mobility.
"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," says Tyrone Johnson, Head of Vehicle Development at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre.
"Hyundai is delighted to enter into this partnership with Forze."
The vehicle is expected to be the world’s fastest fuel-cell electric racing car and a breakthrough in sustainable racing.
"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," Mr Johnson remarked.
The Forze IX will weigh in at 1500 kilograms, boasting a top speed of 300km/h, and an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in less than three seconds.
The two fuel-cell systems of the car will have total combined output of 240kW, and an accumulator with a maximum boost power of 600kW, sent to all four wheels.
A company that brings decades of knowledge, innovation and development of hydrogen-electric cars, Hyundai will provide experience and support for student innovators from the Forze team.
Hyundai just recently launched its Nexo – Australia's first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.