One of the most respected names in motorsports, ORECA Magny-Cours, is partnering with globally leading engineering provider FEV to develop a hydrogen internal combustion engine for the world-famous Dakar Rally in 2024. The announcement marks a milestone in both motorsports and H2 engine development; bringing the power potential of hydrogen to the forefront, and significantly advancing the goal of zero-carbon motorsports and mobility.As part of its involvement in the Dakar Future energy transition project, and following acknowledgement from France’s Vehicle of the Future automotive cluster, ORECA is stepping up its commitment to sustainable mobility a major way. The French team, with multiple motorsport championships and vehicle development hallmarks to its credit, is pairing with FEV to help fasttrack the development of an H2-combustion engine, suitable for Dakar Rally competition. The engine is slated to debut in a special section of the “The Dakar” in 2024.The FEV-ORECA partnership will be presented in two phases. The first, which is already underway, addresses technical requirements and simulation efforts, and is being managed entirely by FEV. The second phase is dedicated to designing, producing and testing a prototype, and will be managed by ORECA, utilizing their own specially-prepared test benches. The objective is to have variants wholly prepared to tackle the punishing extremes of the Dakar in time for a competitive debut in 2024.FEV has almost 40 years of experience in hydrogen solutions, and is widely considered the benchmark for hydrogen-based propulsion development – along with many other forms of propulsion it specializes in across various transportation sectors.