electrification is changing even the world’s toughest rally

In 2021, the Dakar announced the launch of an energy transition program named “Dakar Future“The goal? That hydrogen electric vehicles arrive in 2023, in 2026 for all elite pilots and now by 2030 all categories have low-emission vehicles.

This year, the quintessential oil realm has reached participants as diverse as Audi’s impressive electrified RS Q e-tron, BRX’s agricultural waste fuels or Gaussin’s hydrogen truck.

Audi RS Q e-tron: intelligent performance

Carlos Sainz has managed to prevail in Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally at the controls of the Audi RS Q e-tron, becoming the first driver to have won a stage in cars with electric technology.

The cornerstone of the RS Q e-tron un electric drive system with energy converter with which Audi wants to set a new milestone in the toughest rally in the world.

The RS Q e-tron has four engines: three electric and one gasoline. The gasoline one together with one of the electric ones generate electricity for the batteries, while the electric ones are independent and have no connection to each other. For its part, the capacity of the high-voltage battery is 52 kWh, enough to cover the maximum distances foreseen in each stage of the rally.

The ‘Queen Sherezade’, a hydrogen electric truck

The French Gaussin, specialized in logistics, zero-emission vehicles and hydrogen technology, has been talking about this year at the Dakar. Without actually competing, he has participated in the demanding race with a hydrogen electric truck.

Designed by Pininfarina and built in eight months, the H2 Racing Truck develops 800 hp thanks to two 300 kW engines. Nicknamed ‘Queen Sherezade’, this truck of more than 12 tons advertises that it produces electricity and 100 liters of water every hour.

It is capable of storing 80 kilos of hydrogen in 14 tanks. Of course, it is sponsored by the Saudi oil company Aramco. The aim is to continue testing this technology, which promises 250 km of autonomy in the worst conditions, and 550 km in the most benign.

Biofuel from agricultural residues


Prodrive has released the BRX Hunter T1 + for the Dakar 2022, a vehicle powered by biofuels.

Baptized as Prodrive ECOpower, this biofuel promises to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% compared to gasoline. It is made up of generation 2 biofuel, made from agricultural waste, and so-called synthetic fuels, created by capturing carbon from the atmosphere.

The fuel has been developed at Prodrive’s facilities at its headquarters in Banbury, UK, and has been used in the BRX team’s Hunter T1 + with the same unmodified engines that previously ran on gasoline.

Hino’s hybrid beast truck

Not as clean as the H2 Racing Truck but capable of developing more than 1,000 hp, Japan’s commercial truck manufacturer Hino has participated in the Dakar with a new hybrid truck.

It mounts a huge 8,866 cc inline six-cylinder diesel engine, which develops 800 hp and 2,295 Nm of maximum torque. It is combined with a 206 kW or 280 hp electric drive that promises to cut times in this ordeal.

Astara Team and synthetic fuels

Astara Team

The Spanish team has come into force in this Dakar to demonstrate the benefits of the synthetic fuels in competition with him Astara 01 Concept.

Your bet is based on the so-called e-fuels, a liquid hydrocarbon that is generated from obtaining synthesis gas through the use of renewable energies.

This synthesis gas is then subjected to successive chemical transformation processes that result in a synthetic liquid hydrocarbon that promise to be easy to use, store and transport.

A liter of e-fuel contains 10,752 kWh, according to Astara data, and its energy efficiency is 12% higher than that of gasoline. “Only 9.3 liters of this fuel store the same amount of energy as a 100 kWh battery in an electric car, which is 55 times heavier,” the team.

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