GOODYEAR FIA ETRC TAKES ANOTHER LEAD IN SUSTAINABLE MOTORSPORTS WITH HYDROGEN WORKSHOP IN PARIS
The Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) solidified its commitment to cutting-edge technologies and sustainability by taking the lead on the topic of hydrogen in motorsport. During a workshop in Paris held in collaboration with the FIA last week, 46 industry representatives including manufacturers, energy suppliers, component suppliers and aerospace engineering experts came together for an open and productive discussion on the topic of hydrogen.
The workshop followed a sustainability forum with industry representatives held earlier this year at the Nürburgring round of the championship. The Hydrogen Workshop represents a significant step forward in fostering sustainability within the truck racing community.
"Our mission is to establish the Goodyear FIA ETRC as a prominent platform for promoting sustainable practices and cutting-edge technologies," said Georg Fuchs, ETRA Managing Director.
The workshop aimed to achieve several objectives, including assessing the current state of FIA regulations, industry components and technology trends related to hydrogen in road use and motorsports. Pros and cons of various technologies were discussed and ongoing projects in the field were presented.
One key focus was gathering insights to adapt truck racing regulations to the unique demands of hydrogen-powered vehicles, especially concerning storage systems and refuelling procedures. The contribution of a broad range of industry experts will significantly contribute in shaping the H2 Technical Regulations for truck racing.
As a concrete next step, a dedicated hydrogen working group has been formed, spearheaded by the Goodyear FIA ETRC, to further explore and implement hydrogen-related initiatives in truck racing.
The Goodyear FIA ETRC made history as the first-ever motorsport series to successfully switch to a 100% sustainable fuel in 2021. In July this year the world’s first all-electric racing truck built by Team Hahn Racing was introduced at the Nürburgring round of the series.
“The Championship is open to any kind of technology and hydrogen could potentially be another sustainable solution on the truck racing grid in the future," said Fuchs. “The Hydrogen Workshop, which received very positive feedback from all our participants, was an important first step in understanding more about hydrogen technology and exploring its potential application in our series.”