Glickenhaus shows the updated Hydrogen Boot it’s racing in the Baja 1000

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is serious about competing in the Baja 1000 with a hydrogen-powered variation of the Boot. It revealed the upgraded off-roader that it prepares to enter in the event, it once more tested Tesla to a race as well as it cast questions regarding electrical pickup trucks.

Offered as “the beginning of the future of transportation,” the Hydrogen Boot features a lengthy list of powertrain-specific aesthetic modifications. Most of the body panels in front of the windscreen have actually been gotten rid of as well as replaced by a spare wheel strapped to a tubular structure. The cab’s unique shape hasn’t changed a lot, yet the back side features big air consumptions, followers and an enormous hydrogen storage tank.

Glickenhaus released an enjoyable news release to describe the assuming behind the vehicle. The company suggested that electric powertrains are better fit to “small things” like cell phones, bicycles, mobility scooters and also tiny automobile; in contrast, it stated that gas cells function better for bigger cars, partly because of reasons connected to power thickness and partially because filling up a hydrogen storage tank takes much less time than charging a battery pack. After that, the gloves came off: “There is not a battery-electric automobile on the planet that can efficiently run the Baja 1000.”

That line is apparently targeted at Tesla. Glickenhaus challenged the California-based firm to a zero-emissions off-road showdown in 2020, and also Elon Musk has yet to approve the duel. The Hydrogen Boot will certainly complete in the Baja 1000 despite whether there’s a Cybertruck on the starting grid, and Glickenhaus prepares to produce its own fueling facilities from the ground up in order to complete the race.

Powertrain information have not been launched yet, but a fascinating point is that the Boot will rely upon cryogenic hydrogen for power; that implies it’s saved in melted kind at -423 degrees Fahrenheit (it steams above that). This solution presents a number of challenges: Glickenhaus admitted that it hasn’t been able to resource cryogenic hydrogen to check the drivetrain yet. Only about 4 labs are outfitted to evaluate at cryogenic hydrogen temperatures in the USA, and there are no existing on-board tanks that meets the team’s demands. Still, it’s continuing.

Looking in advance, Glickenhaus prepares to funnel the lessons found out while competing into a street-legal off-roader that it can offer to the public. Developing an electrical version of the Boot would likely be an easier means to complete the Baja 1000 with zero neighborhood discharges, but the solid notes that the innovation has several imperfections. It pointed out that the Ford F-150 Lightning weighs concerning 1,000 extra pounds more than the gasoline-powered design, so its payload and towing capacities take a substantial hit. Lengthy charging times remain a problem, especially when we’re discussing huge battery packs, while chilly temperatures and/or lugging take a significant toll on an EV’s optimum driving array.

“When a fleet thinks about the loss of cargo and also hauling capacity and also the raised car downtime from billing, it would require 1.5 or more battery-electric vehicles to change one gasoline- or diesel-powered pickup,” the business ended. That’s why it’s purchasing hydrogen.

Glickenhaus likewise pointed out the obvious: a refundable $100 down payment for, state, a Chevrolet Silverado EV is not an order, let alone a sale.