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GCK Reveals Update On 2024 Hydrogen-Powered Dakar Vehicle

By September 21, 2021 3   min read  (559 words)

September 21, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, GCK Reveals Update On 2024 Hydrogen-Powered Dakar Vehicle
  • GCK Motorsport shares development update as they take hydrogen-powered vehicle another step closer to Dakar 2024
  • First look visuals of GCK’s 2024 e-Blast H2 vehicle revealed

The ground-breaking work towards integrating hydrogen in motorsport and making cross-country rallying greener is taking another leap, as GCK Motorsport releases first-look visuals of its 2024 e-Blast H2 cross-country racer a year after being the first team to announce its participation in the 2023/24 Dakar Rally with a hydrogen vehicle.

GCK Motorsport’s latest visual renderings bring the team’s 2024 hydrogen-powered incarnation closer to the realms of reality, demonstrating the evolution of its long-term development plans.

Work behind the scenes has been ongoing with the wider Group’s (Green Corp Konnection) design office and engineering team supported by 21 experts from FEV, a leading global engineering provider, to design, build and integrate the fuel cell system into GCK Motorsport’s current cross-country prototype. The team will present a first evolution of this vehicle at the 2022 Dakar Rally with the final look visual being ready for 2024.

This program is part of GCK Motorsport’s parent-company’s global strategy: Green Corp Konnection uses cross-country as a lab for innovation to test its fuel cell system and powertrain in the toughest conditions before they can be integrated into vehicles in the context of its retrofit activity.

The newly revealed visuals of GCK Motorsport’s 2024 e-Blast H2 model boast an all-new custom chassis design, combining slick curves and aggressive straight lines to sculpt a versatile and resilient shell to house the proprietary GCK fuel cell and hydrogen tanks.

The e-Blast H2 carries number 36, synonymous with French driver and head of GCK Guerlain Chicherit, with the bold and brash GCK orange colour scheme interrupted by pale blue accents giving a nod to the innovative hydrogen fuel cell system itself.

Fuel Cells Works, GCK Reveals Update On 2024 Hydrogen-Powered Dakar Vehicle

“The new visuals mark a key milestone in the journey to 2024 and the progress to a greener future in cross-country motorsport and beyond. The innovations behind the e-Blast H2 are a driving force to help scale up the efforts of green technology across motorsport and industrial sectors alike. This is another piece in a very large puzzle, and I’m excited to see how the finished vehicle will look. I really look forward to being able to test this future vehicle which perfectly reflects our project philosophy combining green technology, performance and design!” Guerlain Chicherit, President of Green Corp Konnection, commented.

About GCK Motorsport:

GCK Motorsport, the sport and media platform of Green Corp Konnection (GCK), is used as an innovation lab for the Group’s investment into tomorrow’s mobility technology. As a racing team, GCK Motorsport is at the forefront of developing solutions to drive the transition to more sustainable motorsport. One of the top teams in the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) since 2018, GCK Motorsport also launched an ambitious cross-country programme in November 2020, aiming to be the first team to participate in the iconic Dakar Rally with a hydrogen-powered racing vehicle. Parent-company Green Corp Konnection is leading the overall strategy of creating a power source that can be replicated for the masses to ensure a sustainable future for the wider mobility industry and using its GCK Motorsport cross-country programme as an innovation laboratory to test its fuel cell system and powertrain under the most extreme conditions to integrate the final product into other vehicles, such as the Group’s retrofit builds.

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