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After two years of research and tests, student team HyDriven – formerly known as Green Team Twente – revealed Nebula, its latest hydrogen racing car. The car, the world’s first homebuilt hydrogen-powered formula model, will compete in the Formula Student (FS) competition.

During the Car Reveal on May 30, the team gave a little insight into their vehicle. This includes a redesigned hydrogen storage system, ensuring a higher power input so the car can drive longer and faster. The aerodynamic design creates more downforce, so the car sticks better to the ground.

Hydrogen racing as a new standard

The race in which HyDriven is participating is also extra special this year. This will be the first year in Formula Student’s history in which a hydrogen-powered class will be part of the competition. HyDriven will set the tone by being the first team to compete in this class at the FS circuit in France at the end of August.

This year is also the first year that combustion engines have been prohibited in some FS competitions, so the team decided it was the moment to make a statement. So, they are challenging other FS teams to switch to hydrogen and accelerate innovation in hydrogen inside and outside FS.

The car will be tested on static and dynamic events during the Formula Student races in the Netherlands and France. In addition to the engineering and racing aspects, the FS involves students developing other skills, such as designing, presenting, and creating a business plan.