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The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the FIA Formula One World Championship, and Extreme H have banded together to pioneer a hydrogen technical working group aimed at exploring the potential applications of hydrogen within motorsport and broader mobility.

The technical working group will assess hydrogen technology’s development and utilization. This includes fuel cells, battery systems for Extreme H’s inaugural racing chassis, infrastructure, transportation, charging, storage, and safety considerations.

Mark Grain, Extreme H Technical Director, expressed excitement about the collaborative efforts.

“Our transition to Extreme H makes us the pioneers and first-ever testbed of hydrogen technology in motorsport – not only in our racing cars, but also transportation, infrastructure, refuelling processes, and safety regulations,” Grain said.

Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer at Formula 1, highlighted the importance of exploring new technologies for sustainability.

“Our sport has a tradition of bringing new technologies to the forefront in incredibly short timescales. With climate change mitigation at the forefront, we are committed to exploring all areas of decarbonisation, including sustainable hydrogen propulsion,” he said

Extreme H has previously made waves with its sustainable technologies and racing format. The championship debuted in 2021 with an electric SUV racing format, a mandatory gender-equal driver line-up, and a mission to spotlight climate change and environmental impact.

Meanwhile, Nikolas Tombazis, FIA Single Seater Director, emphasised the significance of the collaboration.

“The FIA Technical Department has experience and knowhow in hydrogen technology which we will bring to the Working Group along with sporting, safety, and regulatory expertise,” Tombazis said.

Extreme H, the world’s premier off-road hydrogen motor racing championship, is slated to debut in 2025, marking a significant milestone in eco-friendly racing.

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