The future takes to the track. For now only in Germany. A German consortium has decided to establish the Hyraze League, the first car racing series in the world to use hydrogen from sustainable sources. Among the partners of the company, some partners specialized in motorsport, technology and safety such as ADAC, Dekra, DMSB, HWA, Schaeffler and WESA.
It will be the first truly zero-emission racing car. The project includes 588 hydrogen-powered cars who compete using some of the most advanced technologies in the industry. The “environmentally produced” hydrogen will power two fuel cells in each race car. These cells will convert the same hydrogen into electricity to power four electric motors.
The races will take place with hydrogen berlinettas which will use four electric motors for a total power of 800 hp. The braking system of these four-wheel drive cars will also be the only one of its kind in the racing world as the dust produced by the brakes will not spread into the environment, but will be “captured” and subsequently disposed of in an environmentally correct manner. The special tires developed from renewable raw materials will also be “green” which will significantly reduce – together with the brakes – fine dust pollution.
The power supply of the Hyraze berlinettas it will allow maximum performance to be used over the entire race distance without limitations and the rapid refueling capability will also allow endurance tests, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The different teams will have the freedom to design both the chassis and the bodywork (subject to the aerodynamic regulations), while the mechanical parts will be largely based on standard elements, developed by the technological partners involved in the project.
The series will also combine real and virtual motorsports and will bring together Esports racing drivers and sim racers. Each participating team will have two drivers per car: one for real races and one taking part in Esports events. The results of both races will count towards the championship standings equally, so that one team will ultimately win both disciplines.
Hermann Tomczyk, president of ADAC Sports, considers the new hydrogen racing series “a true pioneering step in the world of motorsport”. It is not yet known where the competitions will take place when the Hyraze League launches in 2023. Looking ahead, the partners want to reach a global audience, a joint press release states.
21 August 2020 (change August 21, 2020 | 11:34)
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