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Formula Zero: Hydrogen Cell Racing Takes Off

Posted By KG On September 2, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | No Comments

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Belgium recently took the lead among a set of top university teams vying for “zeroth place” in the Formula Zero [1] European Championship of hydrogen fuel cell cars [2]. This carbon-free Grand Prix injects ingenuity and sustainability back into the races, starring get-up-and-go “karts” with a little H2O in their tailpipes.

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Hydrogen fuel cells [3] power the racers’ electric engines, which can go 0 to 60 (100 km/h) in 5 seconds and up to 75 mph (120 km/h). Of course, winning isn’t everything … the Dutch team Greenchoice Forze [4] claims 70% renewable materials in their car’s bodywork (such as natural flax fibers and bio-based resin) and offsets its carbon footprint with a green energy provider.

“There is no better way to educate the engineers of tomorrow than to give them an opportunty to get hands-on experience with these technologies and to prove their capbilities in a competition,” says Eiso Vaandrager, one of the original organizers and enthusiasts of zero-emissions racing. “Students interested in starting their team for the next season should contact Formula Zero now.”

The Dutch founders of Formula Zero [5] — a play on the more famous Formula One [6] — hope their super clean (and quiet) standards eventually become the racing norm. According to The Independent [7](UK), organizers of Formula One and the FIA [8] in charge of motor racing worldwide already have begun moving toward more environmental policies. (Check out the FIA’s “greener motoring [9]” campaign.)

The end-of-summer hydro-cell series features four teams competing on different circuits in each of their host countries: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. With three down and one to go, the Belgian team has won two [10] of those rounds, including the most recent on their home turf. The final race takes place this Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Motorland Aragon in Alcañiz, Spain.

+ Formula Zero [5]

Photos by Richard van’t Hof

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URLs in this post:

[1] Formula Zero: http://www.formulazero.nl/pagina/news/detail/56

[2] hydrogen fuel cell cars: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/07/sahimo-hydrogen-vehicle-travels-568-kilometers-on-1-liter-of-fuel/

[3] fuel cells: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_cell

[4] Greenchoice Forze: http://www.formulazero.tudelft.nl/

[5] Formula Zero: http://www.formulazero.nl

[6] Formula One: http://www.formula1.com/

[7] The Independent : http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula-zero-carbon-motor-racing-without-the-emissions-1775819.html

[8] FIA: http://www.fia.com/en-GB/Pages/HomePage.aspx

[9] greener motoring: http://www.makecarsgreen.org/

[10] the Belgian team has won two: http://www.formulazero.nl/pagina/news/detail/59

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