Taking advantage of the rally rest day Dakar Rally en Riyadh, the organizers of the legendary competition decided to make an "update" of what they call DakarFuture, an initiative that aims to create an environmentally friendly test for the 2030.
This edition has kicked off this vision of the future through the participation of the Audi electric that he developed Audi Sport and puts into action the Q Motorsport de Sven Quandt.
But it is not the only initiative of its kind in the competition. The BRX de David Richards he uses in his Hunter T1 + el Prodrive ECOpower, a synthetic fuel that he developed together with Coryton Advanced Fuels. Spanish teams also use a similar solution astara and Repsol Rally Team, which has Spanish Isidre Esteve as a pilot.
The French Guerlain Chicherit He has also returned to the Dakar with a medium-term project, the current phase of which consists of collecting data at the wheel of a car powered by biofuels with which he has managed to place 5th ... although he aspired to more.
The team's diesel-electric trucks are in a similar situation. Riwald, present in the rally raid since 2020. Gert huzink, owner of the team and driver of truck # 516, which has crept into the Top 5 twice this week, says that “the hybrid truck is sustainable and ready to compete for the Top 10 ”. On the other hand, the Japanese Hino, an old acquaintance of the Dakar, uses the same technology, with a total power of 1.070 horses!
But in addition, other projects were officially presented, such as that of Gaussin, which presented the H2 Racing Truck, your hydrogen-powered zero-emission truck. The interesting thing is that it has also used the visit to Saudi Arabia to do tests that serve for its development. "We had planned 250 km of autonomy in a difficult race profile, but we have reached 400 km", said Christophe gaussin, CEO of the company.
Gaussin's participation goes further as they contribute to the event's energy transition with their Smart Bivouac, a temporary installation whose source of energy is precisely hydrogen.
Present this year at the Dakar, GCK Motorsport has unveiled its prototype. Eric Boudot, General Director of the brand, expressed himself in the following terms: “We are very proud to present the first hydrogen-powered rally raid racing car with a fuel cell. Motorsports represent for Green Corp Konnection an exceptional innovation laboratory to develop technological solutions that we can then offer to users through our industrial activities ”.
As of 2023, the Spanish company EcoPower Automotive, a pioneer in lining up a 100% electric buggy in 2015, returns with a 4 KW 4 × 250 (340 horses). "The future is here. We have been working since 2015 on the development of electric vehicles, always keeping in mind that what we do today has an impact on our future "said Argentine Edu Blanco, one of those responsible for the project.
The proof of its technology is the Ebro, an electric UTV driven by the Argentine Ariel Jathon, the same pilot who made history with that buggy developed together with Acciona.
The project was also presented Gen Z who heads the french Cyril Despres. The five-time Dakar winner on motorcycles hopes to be able to participate in the Dakar starting next year with his H2Racing, a vehicle that runs exclusively on hydrogen.
Kees Koolen, truck driver PROJECT2030 and President and CEO of Koolen Industries, expects to be able to align a 100% electric truck baptized with the name of Nicias. "The Dakar is the ultimate testing ground for the technologies of the future", sustains.
One of the legends of the Dakar, Gerard deRooy, winner in 2012 and 2016 in trucks, has partnered with UMS (Urban Mibility Systems) and Allison Transmissions to develop a truck powered solely by an electric motor.
His wish is to line it up for next year, as he has explained: “We want to compete to be in the Top 10. It is quite a challenge but it is the right direction for the whole category and for the Dakar. We are confident that we will have a good truck ready by 2023 ”.