GCK’s hydrogen Dakar challenger revealed

The e-Blast H2 will compete in 2024 but will appear in public at next year's Dakar

H2 V2 vue avant (1)

Long-time World Rallycross outfit GCK has offered a first look at its revolutionary e-Blast H2 cross-country racer that it will contest the Dakar Rally with in 2024.

Visual renderings of the hydrogen-powered vehicle have been revealed, showing a coupe-like off-roader not too dissimilar to the Odyssey 21 used in Extreme E.

The initial e-Blast 1 was revealed at this year’s Dakar, while the e-blast H2 is, in effect, the second generation with more electric motor capacity and better battery cooling capabilities.

“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,” Guerlain Chicherit, president of GCK.

“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.

H2 V2 vue arriere (1)

Development for the e-Blast H2 has been done by GCK parent company Green Corp Konnection’s own design and engineering team, with the support of 21 engineers from Germany’s FEV Group.

Both sides have been hard at work developing the new machine’s fuel cell system, and integrating it into GCK’s current bio-ethanol powered Thunder cross-country racer.

That first evolution of the project will make its public debut at the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, before the fully completed vehicle shown in the renderings debuts in 2024.

“This is another piece in a very large puzzle, and I’m excited to see how the finished vehicle will look,” Chicherit added.

“I really look forward to being able to test this future vehicle which perfectly reflects our project philosophy combining green technology, performance and design!”


Words:Dominik Wilde