Since 2005 the Eco-Runner Team Delft builds extremely efficient vehicles. In 2006 the car became powered by hydrogen and this made our story complete. Every year the Eco-Runner Team builds a car that stands for the ultimate form of sustainable mobility. Driving incredibly large distances on a small amount of green fuel. This has led to our vision: “Promoting a sustainable future by building the world’s most efficient hydrogen powered car.”
Next to the challenge of building the world’s most efficient hydrogen powered car we, from the Eco-Runner Team Delft, want to speed up the energy transition. We put a lot of effort in spreading information about the green hydrogen economy. As we believe the opposing factor for the green hydrogen economy to start is lack of information and not technical issues. By showing what the possibilities of hydrogen are in mobility and sharing the background story of the green hydrogen economy, we try to accelerate the energy transition!
Hydrogen Endurance Racing
Every year we build a prototype hydrogen powered car, with this car we race in the Shell Eco-marathon. The objective at the Shell Eco-marathon is to drive 16 kilometers in under 40 minutes in every run. The hydrogen consumption is then measured. The team that uses the least hydrogen in a single run wins. The challenge for us is to increase the performance of our car step by step. By decreasing weight, designing new powertrain systems, using our data to make optimal race strategies and optimizing aerodynamics each year, we were now able to build a car that drives up to 9000 kilometers on a kilogram of hydrogen.
Eco-Runner 9Our team aims to develop a new vehicle which is lighter and more advanced in order to break our records and to win the Shell Eco-Marathon.
To design and build the Eco-Runner 9 the team has a period of 10 months, from September 2018 until June 2019. From September to October the conceptual design phase is completed, from that point on we have until the christmas holidays to finalize the design. In 2019 we start producing the Eco-Runner 9. By the end of March the car should be drive-ready. In the testing phase, until the Shell Eco-marathon 2019 (2-5 July), we are going to optimize the car to ensure the title.
Kilometers on 1 kilogram H2
Km/h top speed
Every year it is a great challenge to design and build a car that is as light as possible to secure the title of the Shell Eco-Marathon. Using finite element methods, choosing the right materials and making no mistakes in our production processes is crucial for the weight of the car.
In Wheel Motor
To make increases in our efficiency for the Eco-Runner, we decided to change our motor with chain transmission to a direct transmission by using an in-wheel motor.
The neural network that was made last year by our strategy department, to optimize our race strategy is going to be improved and used even better this year. The ultimate goal is to create a smart cruise control in which our race strategy software drives our engine.