Hi There, all our hard work is finally paying off.
When the Shell Eco-marathon competition 2020 got cancelled in March, Eco-Runner Team Delft promised you that we would continue to perform, regardless of the limitations put upon us by COVID-19 and the Dutch government. After a period of strict quarantine, our engineers started working in pairs of two in order to finalise the production of the Eco-Runner X.
In the meantime our board, together with the board of HAN Hydromotive (HAN University of Applied Sciences) and the board of Green Team Twente (TU Twente), began preparations for the organisation of an alternative competition, the Hydrogen Endurance Race. Unfortunately, a week before the race Green Team Twente, the team which had won the SEM Drivers’ World Championship, announced that their vehicle was not up to their racing standards, and that they would therefore not participate in the self-organised competition. On the 2nd and 3rd of July, the Hydrogen Endurance Race finally took place on a racing track in Rijswijk, where Eco-Runner Team Delft raced against HAN Hydromotive, who had placed third in the SEM 2019.
The two teams were given three attempts to drive 10 laps of each 1.5 km within 35 minutes, as efficiently as possible. These parameters translate to an average driving speed of 25 km/h. The vehicles had to come to a full stop after each lap in order to simulate an urban driving situation. After each attempt, the hydrogen consumption was measured by a third party in order to ultimately crown one of the vehicles as the most efficient hydrogen-powered city car. During our best attempt, we set a score of 2506,6 km/kg H2, a score which made us clear winners of the Hydrogen Endurance Race! Our team is super proud of its achievements and the Eco-Runner X’s capabilities. We could not have done this without your support. We consider our partners essential for Eco-Runner Team Delft’s successes.