Off-road vehicles with electric and hydrogen engines will race at Dakar

An ambitious project to create environmentally friendly racing cars was launched by GCK Motorsport team.

Electric cars continue to master racing tracks – after the circuit race, electric cars should appear on “Dakar“, the most complex rally-marathon of the planet.

Founded by the French racing driver, former world champion in free-skiing, entrepreneur and veteran of Dakar, Guerlain Chicherry, GCK Motorsport team (formerly known as GC Kompetition) presented a project of off-road vehicle with an electric engine for the Dakar rally-raid.

The new buggy GCK e-Blast 1 is based on the champion model Peugeot 3008 DKR, which won the “Dakar” in 2017 and 2018, but the turbo diesel engine was replaced by an electric power plant with a capacity of 340 hp. It is stated that the electric car is equipped with a battery of 150 kWh, but the power reserve without recharging is not yet announced.

The public premiere of GCK e-Blast 1 will be held in January 2021 in Saudi Arabia as part of the nearest “Dakar”, but until the electric SUV will not take part in the rally marathon and will only hold demonstration races. It is expected that among the participants of “Dakar” the e-mobile will appear in 2022.

In the same 2022 should debut off-road GCK e-Blast 1 with a hydrogen engine. In the race version of the model with a propulsion system on fuel cells is planned to exhibit in 2023-2024. Both models – with electric and hydrogen engines – in GCK Motorsport are ready to be sold to private customers interested in new technologies.

Let us remind you that currently cars with gasoline and diesel engines are in the off-road classification of “Dakar”. In 2020, the Riwald Dakar Team from the Netherlands, together with the company ZF and the company MKR Technology, which builds racing equipment, made a gas-electric truck Renault Trucks C 460 Hybrid Edition, which was the first hybrid truck in the history of rally-marathon.

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