21/01/2021

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Jim Glickenhaus challenges Elon Musk to race in the Baja 1000

Jim Glickenhaus has challenged Elon Musk to race in the 2023 edition of the Baja...

Jim Glickenhaus has challenged Elon Musk to race in the 2023 edition of the Baja 1000. Posted on social media, the duel invitation aims to confirm the deserves of hydrogen-electric powered technological innovation.

“You have mentioned that hydrogen technological innovation is ‘mind-bogglingly stupid.’ You’ve also stated that the Baja 1000 would be a great test for your Cybertruck. We say provide it,” wrote Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on Instagram.

Tesla manager Musk built the opinions referenced by Glickenhaus in 2019. He identified as fuel cells “idiot cells,” added that the technological innovation is “a load of rubbish,” and concluded that “achievements is only not attainable.” Musk became one of the richest individuals in the earth by promoting battery electric powered cars and trucks, so his stance on hydrogen is not fully shocking.

Glickenhaus evidently stands on the professional-hydrogen facet of the sector, between producers like Toyota, BMW, Hyundai, and Ineos. While his firm mostly builds race cars and trucks driven by gasoline, he predicted that a hydrogen-electric powered variant of the Boot (pictured) could finish the 1,000-mile Baja devoid of halting to refuel, a feat that would give the workforce a massive time gain in excess of its rivals. In comparison, the top rated-of-the-line Cybertruck will allegedly offer a 500-plus-mile array, so it would have to have to end and demand at least as soon as to finish the race.

“We have a awesome marriage with [sanctioning system] Rating Intercontinental, and we would be pleased to support you navigate entry and discover a superior put to established up charging stations for your Cybertruck,” SCG added. Glickenhaus received to start with in its class twice, in 2020 and in 2019, and it conquer numerous massive-name rivals, these types of as Ford’s born-once more Bronco.

Musk has not responded. If he accepts the problem, the Baja 1000 would grow to be the to start with key race Tesla participates in. It sounds like the hydrogen-driven Boot will contend in 2023 irrespective of Tesla’s remedy.

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