New direction for the future – Hydrogen powered rallying


In a quest to develop sustainable racing, GCK Motorsport (which is part of Green Corp Konnection GCK) has presented their vision for hydrogen – power in cross country rallying.

GCK Motorsport is founded by Guerlain Chicherit (French Dakar veteran and former free-skiing world champion). It encompasses GCK’s racing programme, supported by GCK Technology and GCK Energy departments.

Their commitment to switching all their racing projects to green energy have been confirmed with their aim to compete only in electric motorsport championships from 2021 onwards.

Eric Boudot, CEO of Green Corp Konnection and GCK Motorsport:

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 into hydrogen technology will enable us to race the 1st hydrogen-powered car in Dakar in 2023 – 2024

Recently presented GCK e-Blast 1 is a Peugeot 3008 based chassis, using fully electric technology. Looking in the not so distant future GCK Motorsport ambition is integrating hydrogen and pushing parallel evolution of the two technologies.

The real life unveiling of the GCK e-Blast 1 will be at the 2021 Dakar Rally, around the city of Neom, Saudi Arabia. The 340 horsepower will be created by electric powertrain and battery solution generating 150 kW, which will give the car huge 1000 Nm of torque.

Guerlain Chicherit:

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.