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World Rallycross

Charging Champions

 

How ROOTS. supported GCK Energy & the FIA to design of world championship charging solutions

When it comes to electric vehicle charging, we’ve worked across a number of innovative projects in some very challenging environments. Below we outline how we positioned our client to charge the FIA World Championship through their renewable energy solution.

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Our client GCK (then GC Kompetition, now GCK Motorsport) asked ROOTS. to support the GCK Energy division with a business development strategy and execution. GCK Energy had developed a mobile solar energy storage unit capable of providing efficient and versatile vehicle charging solutions effective in remote locations.

 

The GCK Energy solution captures solar energy, stores, converts and optimises energy distribution through versatile modular and mobile container solutions. Events, and in particular electric motorsport events, provided a great platform to launch and showcase the alternative energy storage solution.

GCK Energy asked ROOTS.' motorsport and commercial team to examine the feasibility of entering an FIA tender process to become the exclusive energy provider to the new era of Electric Rallycross vehicles competing in the FIA World Championship and FIA support category (RX2E).

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ROOTS. worked alongside GCK Energy and other stakeholders within the sustainable and renewable energy industry and designed a mobile energy storage solution that would satisfy the challenge of providing a clean and sustainable vehicle charging infrastructure, which could be deployed at each World RX Championship event.

This included designing and distributing a charging cycle to complement the unique and challenging schedule of a World RX event, consisting of up to 20 races/sessions over two days and a grid of over 25 cars across simultaneous competition categories. 

 
ROOTS. were responsible for managing the tender process, designing and formulating the tender with technical information provided by GCK Energy and its partners.

The Results

Deal spanning 4 years

Provide energy to the entire WRX grid from 2022

Provide energy for RX2e from 2021

ROOTS. and GCK Energy were successful in their bid and won the tender to become the exclusive energy supplier to the FIA World Rallycross Championship from 2021. The GCK Energy solution compliments the philosophy of the FIA and their future vision for electric motorsport. GCK Energy introduced their services to the paddock in 2021 through the RX2e support category and from July 2022 will begin to charge the electric World Championship vehicles in this exciting form of motorsport.

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