Following approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council yesterday in Paris, the FIA Truck Racing Commission has approved the Goodyear FIA ETRC 2023 Technical Regulations.
In line with the sustainability roadmap drawn up by the commission, all-electric and hybrid powertrains will be allowed in the championship from next year, along with the current generation of combustion engine race trucks.
“The way is set for alternative powertrains to join the truck racing grid, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said ETRA Managing Director Georg Fuchs.
“Together with the FIA Technical Department, we have been working on the energy transformation process with the aim of being technically prepared to welcome any technology and form of energy, powered by synthetic fuel, hybrid or electric on the same network.
The commission’s approval to have more sustainable technologies on the network is another important step in our transformation towards sustainability.
One of the cornerstones of our strategy is to be open to all types of technology, while remaining focused on truck and motorsport fans and their passion for truck racing.
Through the excitement of sport and positive emotions, we are in a unique position to demonstrate new technologies to industry representatives and increase acceptance of sustainable solutions by customers and end users, professional truck drivers.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has also given approval to ETRA, promoter of the Goodyear FIA ETRC, to explore the possibilities of carrying out a long-distance truck racing format as a separate project.
TRUCK TALK CAMP INNOVATION: The challenges of bringing alternative propulsion trucks to market
Iveco, Mercedes and DAF discuss the challenges of bringing alternative propulsion trucks to market
As part of the roadmap to sustainable racing, ETRA, the championship promoter, continues to use its platform to drive change.
New to the Goodyear FIA ETRC paddock this year is the Innovation Camp, which is organized in conjunction with local event organizers and the International Truck of Year (ITOY).
“With our new zone, we want to provide manufacturers with a platform, to showcase their sustainable developments and showcase alternatively powered trucks at our events, to help increase acceptance of new technologies in the industry and among truck drivers,” said the managing director of ETRA. George Fuchs.
ITOY President, Gianenrico Griffini, added: “The Innovation Camp is a powerful platform for truck manufacturers to show what the industry can offer today in terms of sustainable transport to meet the needs transport of tomorrow. »
The Innovation Camp made its debut in the paddock at the season opener at Misano, displaying the bio-LNG powered IVECO Pace truck as well as a Mercedes-Benz eActros, a DAF CF Electric and a Renault D16 ZE
Sales representatives from Iveco, Mercedes and DAF spoke about the challenges of bringing alternatively powered trucks to market, why they chose to pursue certain sustainable technologies and they also discussed how they can help make faced with the shortage of professional truck drivers.
Watch what they had to say HERE