GCK team is leaving WRX to do only hydrogen/electric racing
The team also unveiled an electric powered Dakar prototype.
The GCK Competition team is changing it's name to GCK Motorsport and will now be part of a new "ecosystem of industrial companies" called Green Corp Konnection (still the GCK acronym though) that will be "at the forefront of the energy revolution across mobility and green energy supply", it won't be limited to racing anymore.
Among other things, this new "ecosystem" will work on electric retrofit/restomod of old cars, R&D of electric motors and batteries :
The team just unveiled an hydrogen powered Dakar prototype called the GCK e-Blast 1 which is based on the Peugeot 3008 DKR that won the Dakar in 2018, using a bespoke (and made in-house) electric powertrain and battery-pack.
The car is producing 250 Kw (340 hp) with a max torque of 1000 Nm using a battery of 150 Kwh and achieving a top speed of 180km/h.
The car will be officially unveiled during the 2021 Dakar in january and will do some tests there and will continue testing at other events during 2021 to further optimize the vehicle and technology.
In parallel, GCK Motorsport will be developing their hydrogen-powered solution with a plan to present a hydrogen-powered vehicle in January 2022, before being fully race-ready in 2023 - 2024, to be able to go to the 2024 Dakar with a 2-car team.
GCK Motorsport are excited to reveal our hydrogen-powered vision for the future of motorsport, and also announce the GCK e-Blast 1 Dakar Vehicle!
For those who don't know him, Guerlain Chicherit (the founder of GCK) did participate 10 times to the Dakar, among other things he also won the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies championship in 2009, did the first non-assisted backflip in a car, is a four time world champion in freeride ski and did win the French judo championship when he was 15 (and was the youngest Frenchman to have a blackbelt in history).
According to this comment on their FaceBook page, the Renault Megane R.S. WRX (what about the Clio?) might come back next year and GCK might come back to WRX when it will be electrified :
GCK will be missed in WRX !
They also have plenty of great content on their YouTube channel, including videos explaining technical aspects of the cars, how WRX and a racing team works and also fun onboards :
Home of GC KOMPETITION: GCK Bilstein, UNKORRUPTED and the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel 🤘 #ChangingTheRules
NB: thanks to Elizabeth Blackstock at Jalopnik for her article that made me aware of this info.