A new fuel cell system is under development for Green Corp Konnection’s (GCK) Motorsport e-Blast Daker Rally race car – a move that will see the first hydrogen-powered cross-country vehicle at Daker Rally 2022.
For decades, the Daker Rally has been dominated by highly modified entries with internal combustion engines. However, with its organisers pushing for a fully green roster by 2030, the rally is now providing fertile ground for companies seeking to provide the performance of the electrified mobility solutions.
With that in mind, November last year (2020) saw GCK Motorsport announce its intent to go green with the cross-country efforts and unveil its e-Blast 1 off-road racing car. Yesterday (25th March), that effort took another step forward with a new partnership with FEV, an expert in vehicle and power train development.
Under the agreement, FEV will support fuel cell system development in GCK Motorsport’s race car and help the company to become the first team to present a hydrogen-powered cross-country vehicle at Dakar 2022 before competing in the rally in 2023.
FEV will support the effort with its extensive design, development and integration expertise. The partnership seeks to produce an onboard fuel cell system with an output of 200 kW — one of the most powerful on the market.
“We are delighted to have a leading partner in FEV to join us on this huge challenge,” said Eric Boudot, CEO of GCK. “This historic step in the life of our company perfectly illustrates our mission to develop technological solutions to meet the growing demand for the integration of green energy in the field of mobility.”
“Thanks to more than 20 years of experience in the field of hydrogen related technologies, FEV is uniquely equipped to accept this challenge”, added Nadim Andraos, Executive Vice-President for FEV in France, Spain and North Africa.
“We are honoured to be part of GCK’s mission to conquer the prestigious Dakar Rally with a fuel cell powered vehicle, and share their vision for a carbon-neutral future. We will support GCK’s participation with all of our passion, expertise and infrastructure.”