About our team
The history of the HAN Hydromotive has been going on for over a decade. In 2009 a couple of students were so enthusiastic about the end of the school project HAN Eco-Marathon that they wanted to compete in the race. They have started the Hydromotive and have been putting all of their effort in it.
Arval Inspire I
From 2010 to 2012 the student team has competed with the first car: the Arval Inspire I. This vehicle was made out of wood. Because of the lack of time and experience with hydrogen back then the team has competed in the category gasoline. The years after the first edition they changed the category to hydrogen. The best result with this vehicle is a third place in the 2011 Shell Eco-Marathon in Lausitz: they drove 602 kilometer on one liter!
Arval Inspire II
From 2013 to 2015 the team has competed with their second vehicle: the Arval Inspire II. Over the years, the techniques have been improved. That's why there have been more background studies on building the car. The Inspire II is developped in 3D and completely out of composites. During the construction we kept in mind a couple of goals we set for ourselves. One of those was to get the Arval Inspire II legal for driving in the streets. We have proven that students can make an extremely economic car for the Dutch roads.
The second goal was to make our car suitable for two people. The best result with this car was a third place in the 2014 Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam. We drove 510 kilometers on one liter.
ABN AMRO Lease Accelerator
From 2016 we competed with a third car: the ABN AMRO Lease Accelerator. With this vehicle we drove 570 kilometers on 1 liter. By continuing the development in the second year, we had an even better result. Unfortunately, due to technical issues there has been no result in that year.
In 2019 there was another succes story: a third place! We drove 692 kilometers on 1 liter. This was thanks to our new car: the HM10. For the tenth edition this vehicle was armed with a new energy management system. This car also had a new body and a new chassis.
Boaz van der Hart
My name is Boaz van der Hart, 22 years old and I live with my parents in Driebergen. At School I chose for an E&M profile with Maths B and Physics. I like engineering/ science just as much as the financial aspects. I am hoping to find a suitable combination later on in life. Currently I think I have found the right study to be able to find this combination.
I wanted to be part of the Hydromotive team as we are a team of highly motivated students and we don’t mind putting in the overtime. I also think it is important that the hydrogen application possibilities in the mobility industry will be brought to daylight. It could play a major role in the future of mobility.
I am delighted and proud to be the General Manager of the Hydromotive team. I like to contribute on every aspect I am able to.
Public Relations & Events
My name is Wilco Geutjes, 19 jaar, Born in a Dutch village near Nijmegen called Weurt after that is moved to another village named Oosterhout and I have been living here ever since. Before I started at HAN Automotive I studied HAVO with an N&T, N&G profile on the Mondial college in Nijmegen. Because I did this profile I have a good background to start a technical study. Despite I am doing a technical study I want to go to the commercial side but with a technical background.
I wanted to be part of the Hydromotive team because it is an innovative and progressive racing class where the previous teams have made a good basis but there is a lot to improve for this team. The team seems to be a good opportunity to improve myself on the practical side of Automotive and learn how to design a car, and more specifically how to do the public affairs of a project like this. Apart from the chance to learn a lot it is also a good way to get in contact with companies so I can see how the corporate live works and maybe get an insight in a future job or internship.
Public Relations & Financial Manager
My name is Melissa Timmers, 18 years old, and born in Etten-Leur although I live by myself in Arnhem for two years now. Before I went to HAN in Arnhem, I succeeded de HAVO with a technical, health and nature portion. The technical part was already something I was interested in and this is the reason why I chose Automotive. The interest for specializing in car development really fits with Automotive.
I wanted to participate on the Hydromotive team because you work with very motivated students, who will become close by striving to the same goal at the end of the year. Besides that, I think it is a good opportunity to expand your knowledge and to get in touch with companies. I am really looking forward to this year and I am sure we can do every we can, we can accomplish the best result!
I am Lucas Aguirre, 19 years old. I have been born and raised in Alicante, Spain. Starting with Automotive Engineering at HAN, I studied at the European School of Alicante.
I wanted to be part of the commercial subteam of Hydromotive, because I want to follow a business related aspect of Automotive. It is a pleasure to me to be the marketing manage rof the Hydromotive team. My number one goal this year is to spread the word that this team is more than ready to be able to win the competition this year.
My goal for the future is to form part of any commercial/businness sector of companies directed more into the automotive sector. Winning this competition will definetly boost my chances!!
Teamleader Body & Chassis
My name is Sander Jensch, 22 years old, born in Heiloo. I live in Arnhem for my study Automotive at the Han. Before I studied Automotive, I tried Applied Physics twice and graduated Mechanical Engineering at MBO level 4. I choose Automotive, because I have a passion for racing for as long as I can remember. My favourite hobby, karting, also has to do with the Automotive study. So with the Automotive study I can combine my hobby’s with my work.
I choose for Hydromotive, because of the challenge presented by this project. At the body & chassis subteam I will be able to develop my skills on an area of my interest. It also is a good opportunity to learn how to work properly in a team, like they do at most companies. Overal the Hydromotice project is an interesting opportunity to develop my skills, with the added bonus that it is part of an international competition called the Shell Eco-marathon.
Matthijs van Stralen
Engineer Body & Chassis
I’m Matthijs van Stralen and I’m nineteen years old. My specialization in the Hydromotive team is in the Body & Chassis department. Prior to the automotive study I have done a pre universitary education.
In my spare time I’m busy working on my old-timer 4x4, to learn more about the practical part of automotive. Since I was a kid, I have been interested in different types of techniques, but I like cars and other motor-vehicles the most.
Spending a year in the Hydromotive team is a nice opportunity to learn more about the hydrogen technique. Especially because we don’t learn anything about this during our regular courses. It’s important to learn more about hydrogen. In my opinion it could be one of the fuels my generation will use in the future. Besides that, this project gives me the opportunity to practice my specialization in a big project. Together with the other colleagues in my sub-team I’m working to improve the body and chassis of our car in every possible way to get a better result during the 2020 Ecomarathon than we had last year.
Engineer Body & Chassis
My name is Marta Carretta. I'm 21 years old and I was born in Italy. I have always been fascinated by the proces behind designing and building new projects. Because of this I decided to study in a school of Applied Sciences. This way, I can develop my knowledge to study for a career in product design, engineering and management. Eventually, I see myself working in this branche.
It is my pleasure to take part in this team, specifically the subteam Body & Chassis. I'm sure that thanks to this project I can get the chance to develop my knowledge in the Automotive sector. My ambition for the future is developing a career in product design. I would like to specialise in project management. Especially for projects who are dealing with developing sustainable energy engines.
Engineer Body & Chassis
I am Jesper Keller, 21 years old and I live in Velp.
After finishing on the HAVO I tried some different education directions, but eventually settled here on Automotive. When I was younger I always knew that I wanted to go to a technical study, and in automotive a lot of different things get combined. When I’m not working for school I like to do some gaming and I’m restoring my oldtimer, a BMW E21.
I wanted to join the Hydromotive team because it gives a greater challenge compared to the regular school projects. I love working with new technologies and learning new things while trying to find solutions. There will be plenty of that in this project.
Teamleader Brakes & Suspension
My name is Justin Odijk. I’m 22 years old, from Voorschoten and I finished my technical specialist passenger cars training 2 years ago at the ROC Nijmegen.
I will fill in the role of sub team manager of the brakes and suspension subteam.
Before I started my training I already wanted to go to the HAN Automotive. Now I’m fianlly here I want to get the most out of this study, that’s why I applied for the hydromotive team. It’s also a great way to come in contact with companies and gain extra knowledge.
Engineer Brakes & Suspension
Hello, my name is Coen Holstvoogd (22)
Like everyone who finishes high school, I didn’t have a clue what to do with my life. Until I started my driving lessons. During my lessons I thought;” how cool would It be if I could fix a car”. So out of the blue and with no technical background I started a study for technical specialist passenger car (MBO). At this study I developed my interest in technic and the car world. After 3 years I already got my diploma. But I wanted to learn more, so I started this study at the HAN. At this school I really developed a love for technic, it is just so interesting! And the more you know the more interesting it gets. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to join the Hydromotive team. This is a place where your truly get tested on your knowledge and teamwork skills. And if I want to have a chance to work for one of greatest car manufactures in the world, I should take all the help and extra’s I can get. Even If I don’t get to the top of the automotive world I wouldn’t mind. Because I finally found something where I can make my money with and love at the same time. In my opinion that is the most important part.
Engineer Brakes & Suspension
Hello, my name is Henk-Jan Steneker. I am 23 years old and I come from Friesland. I’m in my second year of the HAN Automotive University of Applied Sciences and I have been living in Arnhem for a year now. I finished HAVO (Senior general secondary education) and MBO (Secondary vocational education) before I went to the HAN, so I feel like I’ve got a solid base of theoretical and practical knowledge to bring to the team.
I hope to learn a lot about making and improving a racecar with the HAN Hydromotive team. This project is also extra interesting because it involves hydrogen fuel.
Let’s make it a wonderful year and aim for the maximum result!
Technical Manager & Powertrain
My name is Wouter Bastiaansen, I am 26 years old and I’m from the city Breda. I have always had a passion for cars and anything car-related, for as long as I can remember. Before I started this study, I finished the study Technical Specialist on ROC Tilburg. During this study I acquired a lot of technical knowledge and hands-on experience. After this I still wanted to learn more, and that’s why I chose for Automotive Engineering. I’m hoping to turn my hobby and my passion into a job!
When I heard of the Hydromotive team, I instantly got enthusiastic. It seemed like a nice challenge and a perfect opportunity to learn about new things. That’s why I’m very happy to be a part of this team, and I think this will be a great and interesting year!
Team Leader Powertrain
My name is Ben Spierings, I am 21 years old and i live in Arnhem. My prior education is VWO but my preference for further education went to HBO and not university. I've been into engineering and science for as long as i can remember, though my love for cars is very recent.
I'm on this team because i want to improve classic cars as my career, perhaps even fitting them with a fuel cell. It's an excellent chance to get experience with these systems and truly learn what the positives and negatives are. And it's great to actually achieve something instead of some previously set out school project.
My name is Mindaugas Nemunis, I am 29 years old. I was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Before starting with automotive engineering I studied communications. The reason for me to change to automotive is because of my passion towards the automotive industry, where I would like to end up working.
I chose to be a part of the HAN Hydromotive team because I did not have a great knowledge about it. This would bring me out of my comfort zone and would increase my general knowledge. I wanted to be a part of a team with motivated co-workers, and this is the case with HAN Hydromotive.
My name is Luc Witbreuk, I am 20 years old and live in Haaksbergen with my parents, sister and dog. Everyday, I travel to Arnhem, to study Automotive at the HAN. This year I started with my second year. Before I started to study Automotive I passed the VWO in Haaksbergen.
My hobbies are mostly doing sports and having a drink with some mates. In the weekends I work at a garage EPS in Haaksbergen where we install camera’s, radio’s, security systems and other electrical systems.
I joined the HAN Hydromotive-team because I want to challenge myself during my studytime. Besides that I want to learn to work in a team and expand my knowledge as much as possible. I am part of the powertrain subteam to get the car as efficient as possible.
My name is Rowin Ursinus and I am 19 years old. I was born in Gouda but I lived in Houten for most of my life. I travel every day from Houten to Arnhem, which is quite far. I am now in my second year of the study HAN Automotive. After Primary school I went to the VMBO, I’ve always said: “I will be a car mechanic later!” But my grades where so high that I went to the HAVO. After the Havo I went to the HAN to become an Engineer. My hobby’s are chilling with some friends and restoring my old Mitsubishi Sapporo.
Why I have chosen for the HAN Hydromotive team? I find it very interesting to learn new things and I think this team is just the place for it. Also I like to have a project where the end result really makes a change. I also chose this team, because the most motivated students are in this Team.
Selma van Loon
I am Selma van Loon, 29 years old and born in Nijmegen. I have been working at HAN as a teacher for 5.5 years. I studied business administration at the University of Nijmegen. This year I supervise the Hydromotive team for the fourth time. Because of my background I mainly help the commercial sub-team. Hydromotive always attracts motivated students and that is a lot of fun to work with. In the end, of course, I want to win just as much as the students do!
My name is Jaap Janssens, 32 years old and I live in Huissen. I once started as a student at HAN Automotive and have been working as a teacher for the past 8 years. As a teacher I give the following subjects: CAD, production drawings, finite elements, mechanics of composites and sandwich constructions. I mainly supervise the technical sub-teams and really enjoy doing this. Together with teaching, it is one of the best parts of my job. It is always great to see how the students experience it when their designs come to life. We finished third last year, but there was still a lot to improve on our vehicle. So this year we have the opportunity to achieve an even better results!My name is Jaap Janssens, 32 years old and I live in Huissen. I once started as a student at HAN Automotive and have been working as a teacher for the past 8 years. As a teacher I give the following subjects: CAD, production drawings, finite elements, mechanics of composites and sandwich constructions. I mainly supervise the technical sub-teams and really enjoy doing this. Together with teaching, it is one of the best parts of my job. It is always great to see how the students experience it when their designs come to life. We finished third last year, but there was still a lot to improve on our vehicle. So this year we have the opportunity to achieve an even better results!