Astara Team takes part in the upcoming Dakar 2022.
The team will compete in the Dakar with a light vehicle powered by e-fuel, a synthetic, ecological and carbon-neutral fuel.
- The couples Jesús Calleja-Edu Blanco and Óscar Fuertes-Diego Vallejo, with a lot of experience in the Dakar, will participate at the wheel of the 01 Concept, a prototype of the T1.3 category with 283 kW of power.
- The 01 Concept stands out as the lightest car in its category and is capable of delivering 3,870 kWh of energy with its full e-fuel tanks. At the end of the test, a complete report of the carbon footprint generated will be prepared.
The Astara Team, a competition team created to make Dakar history, has been presented in Madrid with the aim of demonstrating that it is possible to offer the most efficient, intelligent and sustainable mobility solution possible for anyone, anywhere. In the Dakar, this translates into creating a formula capable of winning in a sustainable way, using the least amount of resources and generating the smallest carbon footprint in the history of the race.
After an in-depth analysis of the technical options available and the requirements of Dakar, the team has opted for the best possible solution: racing with a light vehicle powered by synthetic fuel or e-fuel. This ecological fuel is produced from water and CO2 from air, being in this way carbon neutral, since the CO2 it emits during its combustion is the same that has been extracted from the atmosphere during the production process. In addition, it does not emit solid waste or microparticles.
The couples Jesús Calleja-Edu Blanco and Óscar Fuertes-Diego Vallejo, with an extense experience in the Dakar, will participate at the wheel of both 01 Concept. Framing in the category T1.3 (two-wheel-drive buggy), it is a very fast and efficient car to face a test like the Dakar, in which high doses of power and a great autonomy are required for the long and demanding stages.
The 01 Concept stands out for being the lightest car in its category and to this is added that e-fuel is the way to carry energy that occupies less size and weight. Thanks to this, it is capable of shipping 3,870 kWh of energy with its full e-fuel tanks, which only weigh around 400 kilos. Batteries capable of storing the same amount of energy would weigh more than 22 tons (with an energy density of 0.17 kWh per kilo). The carbon footprint of the team's cars that will compete in the Dakar will be measured and reported. This accounting and reporting of emissions from racing cars will be carried out according to standardized measurement protocols (GHG Protocol, ISO 14064 standard) and will be reviewed by a prestigious independent entity.