Hydrogen has long been touted as a ‘clean’ energy source for future mobility, as the only byproduct following intra-cell electrolysis reaction is water.
Championship founder Alejandro Agag, who first shared his intention to adopt hydrogen power in the SUV series at XE’s launch in 2019, described the move as “a natural evolution of our mission to showcase the possibilities of new technologies in the race to fight climate issues”.
The new Extreme H series will utilise the same spec Spark Racing Technologies-built Odyssey 21 chassis as XE, while participating teams can use the same custom-built drivetrain across both cars.
But a hydrogen fuel cell will replace the Williams Advanced Engineering-produced battery “as the principal energy source”, according to the organiser’s statement.
XE already uses hydrogen power stations, produced by AFC Energy, on events to charge the car’s batteries, but the Extreme H series would be the first directly hydrogen-powered series of its kind.
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