In May 2013 HAN Hydromotive participated in the Shell Eco-marathon for the fourth time, this time with the brand new Arval Inspire II. The Shell Eco-marathon is an international competition in which students are challenged to build an as fuel-efficient a vehicle as possible. The HAN team participates in the ‘Urban Concept category’. This is a category in the Shell Eco-marathon in which the vehicles must resemble the cars we see on the road. For instance, vehicles in this category must have a door, the driver must be sitting up straight, the vehicle must have four wheels and a minimum tyre width is prescribed. The Arval Inspire II, named after main sponsor leasing company Arval, goes a few steps further in that it was already designed with the aim of applying for official RDW (Dutch vehicle approval) road admission in 2014. With this the team wants to prove that by using scientific techniques, ultra-efficient driving is already a realistic option in the near future. HAN Hydromotive’s vehicle was entirely developed and built by students. Lecturers and employees had an advisory role. Participating students could take part in the Hydromotive project in the context of volunteer work, but also as part of a project in mainstream education or as a work placement or final project. The participating students form an independent team that is not only responsible for the development and construction of the vehicle, but also for the PR and sponsoring. The Arval Inspire II was developed to be hydrogen-powered. Hydrogen power was chosen because of the unique research opportunities and knowledge of this at HAN Automotive. Hydrogen is also seen as a fuel of the future. It is therefore useful to have students acquire knowledge of it and experience with it. It also produces knowledge for the institute. Finally, hydrogen gas in combination with a fuel cell is an energy carrier that has good chances of a low consumption score in the Shell Eco-marathon. The car also has an extremely light construction, thanks to the use of state-of-the-art composites and far-reaching integration of functions. The canopy-type front door, which opens outwards, also serves as windscreen, dashboard, steering system and head-light casing.