Extreme E held its first all-electric off-road motorsport race in 2021, demonstrating that electric vehicles can perform in tough racing conditions. However, the company has unveiled an all-new racing series called Extreme H, the world’s first off-road motorsport featuring vehicles powered by hydrogen.
In 2021, Extreme E’s inaugural event saw Rosberg X Racing take first place at the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia, with drivers Johan Kristofferson and Molly Taylor leading the way. The event caused a lot of excitement as the Baja-style SUVs were all electric. A major motorsport event will take place in 2024 to kick things off, with cars running on both electric powertrains and hydrogen fuel cells.
Extreme H will also take place in Saudi Arabia, only this time both races will take place simultaneously with the same format. The company is reportedly already busy developing its Extreme H car, hoping to have a race-ready prototype by early 2023. The hydrogen-powered vehicle will have the same powertrain and chassis as Extreme E vehicles (pictured below), but will run on hydrogen fuel cell instead of battery.
According to Alejandro Agag, the founder, “Extreme E was conceived as a testbed for innovation and mobility solutions. It has become increasingly clear to us that creating a hydrogen racing series is a natural progression in our mission to demonstrate the potential of new technologies in the fight against climate problems.” He then explained that the vehicles would be powered by “green hydrogen”, which is a combination of water – and uses solar energy.
At the moment it is unclear what exactly to expect or what conditions must be met for vehicles to enter the country. Organizers are considering two hydrogen vehicle layouts, the combined races or the full transition. In any case, fans of off-road racing can look forward to two more exciting events, not to mention the epic vehicles that will crash into the dirt.
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