The GCK e-Blast 1 will cover longer distances than a conventional EV racer
Powered by a 150kW battery, generating 335 bhp, the GCK e-Blast 1 produces 738 lb-ft of torque and its battery will be charged by a hydrogen fuel-cell system. The chassis is the same Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi that won Dakar (with driver Carlos Sainz) in 2018. The petrol engine and internal-combustion enabling components will be removed to make way for the hydrogen-powered EV drivetrain.
GCK Motorsport announced plans for hydrogen-power as part of a plan to develop future sustainable racing options. The vehicle, team name, and drivers have yet to be announced. It’s a pretty good bet that GCK will solicit some of the top talents in the Rally Raid world.
You can read more about future off-road EV concepts (here).
“We’re really excited to present the GCK e-Blast 1. The first step in what we believe to be the future of long-distance cross-country racing: hydrogen-powered vehicles. Our aim is to create an environmentally friendly rally car. Powered only by green energy, that will be able to go the distance. Our investment in hydrogen technology will enable us to race the first hydrogen-powered car in Dakar in 2023 – 2024.”Eric Boudot, CEO of Green Corp Konnection and GCK Motorspor
Some experts question the safety and durability of a hydrogen system. This vehicle will compete in the growing EV class and will progressively work its way to full competition status. EVs have been competing in Dakar since 2012 when the Latvian built OSCar eO successfully completed the rally. EV racers have proven to be competitive and, as technology advances, many believe they will begin wining soon.
“I’ve been working on bringing together my passions for motorsport and technology with my vision for a sustainable future. Living in the Alps is a daily reminder of the steps we need to take to develop cutting-edge technology. And use our existing motorsport projects as a platform to drive a sustainable transformation. I’m super excited to have brought together forward-thinking specialists in their fields to produce ground-breaking work that will make a difference. I can’t wait to see our first phase brought to life at a race that means so much to me, the Dakar Rally.”, Guerlain Chicherit, President of Green Corp Konnection and GCK Motorsport, added.