What makes the competition
particularly attractive to students?
According to my personal experience,
the competition is interesting mainly
because it does not dictate anything to
the students, instead attracting them to
discover and elaborate on what they
enjoy. They all know what it takes to
build a basic model car, but it's entirely
up to them which path they choose. They
can discover their talent for technical
drawing, electrical engineering or even
video cutting and editing. By doing this
extra work on something they enjoy, they
can then quickly become the perfect
engineer, mechanic, promoter, etc.
I think this is evidenced by the fact
that we were not negatively affected
by the covid pandemic - it did interrupt
the activity but when students returned
to school, their interest increased.
a standard next year. Teams learn
quickly from each other and can build
a completely customised car. Students
learn to invent improvements, draw
them out, print what they need on 3D
printers, gain knowledge of materials,
mechanics, CNC machining, etc. They
have begun to look into fuel cells,
energy management, and they can
program everything they need to
control their car. They check all the
data and compare the options and
results internationally. The competition
is noticeably growing year by year, and
the students are getting more and more
dedicated and in-depth each year.
The project introduces students to new
issues, learning about them, inventing,
Do you have a vision for the project’s
We definitely want the competition to
continue to grow globally. We are also
launching two new programs, H2GP
XPR and H2GP SPRINT, which will
not only allow more students to get
involved, but also build further interest
in these technologies at an even earlier
age. We are also working on promoting
the competition every year to attract
more and more companies to help fund
equipment for the schools. We know
we can spark enthusiasm in students
to explore and invent new things. This
spark can be spread endlessly, you
just have to let the right people know
improving and then driving what they
have put together themselves, not for
a 5 minute race but for 4 or even 6 hour
long race. The entire time they need to
work 100% as a team - from the start
of the design to the finish of the race.
They have to find that optimal way to
combine the speed, the endurance and
the reliability of the car. I don't think
any of us adults learned about these
topics when we were in school, and we
don't really encounter teamwork and
focus on the end result until we are in
the adult working world. It is with this
"preparation for life", that the H2GP
PRO program is very interesting.
Thank you for the interview and we wish
you the best of luck in this innovative
work with the next generation.
is interesting mainly because
it does not dictate anything
to the students, instead
attracting them to discover
and elaborate on what
Can you describe how the competition
resembles professional F1 races?
Yes, that's probably the easiest analogy to
describe the whole H2GP environment.
Just like in F1: racing specials, finetuned to the last detail, with pilots
who need to have a good instinct and
strong nerves, and mechanics waiting
in the background, ready to intervene
quickly if there is any problem.
Just as the F1 environment is evolving,
so is our competition, which is growing
In 2016, the standard
equipment for our mechanics was
both a screwdriver and duct tape and
to finish the race was an achievement.
Today the mechanic teams are fully
equipped. Besides tools and spare parts,
there is at least one laptop for various
calculations or changes of strategy
and communicating with the pilots via
radios. In the end, it is really the split
seconds you spend on changing a wheel
or fuel that makes the difference, just
like in F1 racing.
How does the project contribute to
innovation and technological progress?
Everything evolves quickly. What is
new this year for one team will be
Students from Litvín broke through in
the USA with a model of a hydrogenpowered car.
Text: Věra Mrkosová, redakce
Foto: Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix
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