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HySE participating in Dakar 2024 to support development of small hydrogen engines

The HySE (Hydrogen Small mobility & Engine technology) research association—which now includes Yamaha Motor, Honda Motor, Kawasaki Motors, Kawasaki Heavy, Suzuki Motor, and Toyota Motor as full members—will enter the hydrogen engine vehicle HySE-X1 in the Mission 1000 Challenge of the Dakar 2024 (Dakar Rally) set to be held in Saudi Arabia from 5 to 19 January 2024.


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Mission 1000 is a new part of the Dakar Future Program, an effort aimed at urging automakers to develop next-generation carbon-neutral powertrain technologies like hydrogen engines and electric or biofuel hybrids. HySE’s entry in Mission 1000 will be the hydrogen engine-equipped HySE-X1. It will be driven in some of the harshest environmental conditions in what is considered the world’s toughest motorsport, providing an excellent opportunity to study how the hydrogen engine will perform in such conditions.

This will allow the partners easily to identify potential issues with small mobility—motorcycles, light four-wheeled vehicles, small boats, construction machinery, drones, etc.—that are yet unknown, and to accelerate the establishment of baseline hydrogen engine technology.

The HySE-X1 that will contest the event is based around a chassis built by HySE partner company Overdrive Racing (Belgium) with a modified layout to accommodate a hydrogen fuel tank and fuel supply system. Powering it is the hydrogen-powered-engine for motorcycles that HySE is currently using in research activities. Hydrogen refueling and maintenance will be performed by Overdrive Racing.

The hydrogen engine is a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four supercharged engine with a total displacement of 998 cm3.

As an association aiming to achieve a carbon-neutral society, HySE has been researching small hydrogen engines and plans to continue doing so alongside partner companies, working together to carry out research toward implementing and popularizing small hydrogen engines.



The Japanese just will not give up on using Hydrogen.


My THANKS to everyone who develops and builds H2 ICE!
I would also like to thank my friends in Australia who already offer H2 ICE conversion kits for all vehicles.

Yes, it's great that there are so many intelligent people who develop and build the H2 ICE. In this way, the future of individual mobility continues to be secured and we can also convert our older vehicles and thus save raw materials.

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