The French manufacturer Gaussin introduced the very first hydrogen Racing Truck, namely the H2 Racing Truck, which is about to compete in the World Rally-Raid Championship with the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, in January 2022. The data and information collected during the competition will be used to further develop Gaussin’s range of road trucks scheduled for launch from next year, and pictured below.
Gaussin’s hydrogen Racing Truck
As part of an agreement reached some months ago and mentioned in this post, the H2 Racing Truck is designed by Pininfarina. «We are thrilled to see the first-born truck running, as a result of the extraordinary collaboration with Gaussin», said Silvio Pietro Angori, Pininfarina CEO. «We have leveraged our long experience in designing sustainable and intelligent mobility combined with our ability to create unique user experiences to shape the full Gaussin range of zero emission road trucks. We are sure that this new range of ecological, smart and unique style trucks will write a new chapter in the history of the zero-emission mobility».
«On January 12 in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, the Dakar organization presented its “Dakar Future” energy transition program, which aims to make the Dakar 100% “green” by 2030. The climate outlook announced by scientists is indeed alarming. We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last generation to act. By entering the first 100% hydrogen and electric truck in the Dakar, Gaussin intends to demonstrate the reliability and performance of its hydrogen road range in a difficult environment. New technologies based on renewable energies are available and mature and should help accelerate the energy transition. For the Gaussin Group and its partners, this project, which has now become a reality, represents a technological achievement and the fruit of years of work and experience in zero-emission mobility», added Christophe Gaussin, CEO of Gaussin, speaking of the whole project.
Ultra-light chassis for hydrogen and electric powertrains
More into technological details, Gaussin’s hydrogen system has been developed for an ultra-light chassis designed around the hydrogen and electric powertrain, based on the modular skateboard launched last April. In particular, the skateboard is available in a long-distance hydrogen version with a hydrogen refueling time of less than 20 minutes for 800 km of autonomy and in an all-electric version for short distances with a battery change time of 3 minutes for 400 km of autonomy. The design of the range has been entrusted to the iconic Italian company Pininfarina. Its team has created a whole range of dramatic, exciting trucks forming a harmonious overall family.
The truck is equipped with two e-motors of 300 kW each, 380 kW of fuel cells, 82 kWh of batteries and 80 kg of hydrogen. It can reach a speed limit of 140 km/h in compliance with regulations. In race conditions, the truck can reach the range of 250 km.