At the end of June 2022, the FIA World Motorsport Council ratified the technical regulations for the Goodyear FIA ETRC 2023, which allows all-electric and hybrid powertrains alongside the current generation of combustion engine race trucks.
A little over a year later, the world’s first all-electric race truck is unveiled in the spectacular setting of the season’s highlight event, the Int. ADAC Truck Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.
Six-time Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Champion Jochen Hahn along with his team and partners, have worked around the clock for the past 9 months to get the eTruck ready for its debut. “After the last race in 2022, we started designing the truck from scratch,” said Hahn. “The bodywork was designed, we constructed the chassis, and of course, the technology that goes underneath it.”
The launch of the world’s first all-electric race truck is another important step in the sustainability transformation of the Goodyear FIA ETRC, to make truck racing even more sustainable and reduce the series’ carbon footprint.
“First of all big congratulations to Jochen and his entire team and partners, who are involved in the eTruck project for successfully taking on this challenge,” said ETRA Managing Director Georg Fuchs.
“IVECO is one of our long-standing, valued partners as well as a manufacturer and it’s great to see their strong commitment to driving the sustainability transformation, not only in the transport industry but also in motorsport.”
Together with the FIA, ETRA has been working for several years to pave the way for alternative powertrains in truck racing, allowing every technology and energy form, be it synthetic fuel, hybrid, or electric, to compete on the same grid. FIA experts are already working on ensuring the necessary energy supply at the race tracks to adequately and quickly power the new generation of race trucks.
The Goodyear FIA ETRC will continue to pursue a leading approach to meet the technical developments in the industry. “We have the unique opportunity to positively shape the reputation of the commercial vehicle industry and instil the idea of trucks as sustainable means of transport in people’s minds,” says Fuchs.
“If we can demonstrate that new developments and technologies work reliably under the extreme conditions of motorsports, it will help with understanding and accepting new technologies in everyday road use.”
More information: www.goodyearfiaetrc.com