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ACO, GreenGT Launch ‘Mission H24’ Hydrogen Strategy

Mission H24 launched; hydrogen car completes roll-out at Spa…

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The ACO has launched a new initiative called ‘Mission H24’ to support its plans for a hydrogen racing class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Mission H24 is a partnership between the ACO and GreenGT, a Swiss company that produces electric-hydrogen propulsion systems and previously completed the first hydrogen-powered lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2016.

The stated purpose of the project is to promote and develop hydrogen-powered vehicles ahead of their anticipated Le Mans debut in 2024.

It also aims to “speed up research and development” of hydrogen-fueled cars with the objective of taking the technology “from track to the road to achieve zero-carbon mobility.”

Yannick Dalmas drove an experimental prototype named LMPH2G – which is a modified ADESS 03 LMP3 car – in a roll-out at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday to mark the launch of the initiative.

The car, which is powered by four electric motors and contains a four-stack hydrogen fuel cell,  started at speed but appeared to encounter technical trouble at Stavelot corner before returning to the pits to complete a fuel stop demonstration.

LMPH2G will then lead the European Le Mans Series field on its formation lap ahead of tomorrow’s 4 Hours of Spa.

The ACO first announced its plans to have hydrogen cars competing at the centerpiece round of the FIA World Endurance Championship earlier this year.

“Hydrogen is the future because we are aiming for zero-emission mobility,” said ACO president Pierre Fillon, who was at Spa.

“It is our role to develop high-performance, environmentally friendly technologies.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Joel

    September 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    “An anticipated Le Mans debut in 2024” I suspect there will be a hydrogen powered Garage 56 entry a lot sooner than that! Actually while I’m here, what happens if the Garage 56 entry were to win the Le Mans 24hr? They wouldn’t score points in the WEC because the Garage 56 entry is Le Mans only, but do they get all the trophies and recognition and they get recorded into the history books?

    • Tracklimits

      September 23, 2018 at 2:32 am

      They would get the trophies and the honors yes. But this won`t happen, they always get some sort of BoP if needed. Also its very difficult to built something faster/more efficant than the current gen LMP1-cars…

      • kv

        September 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

        THIS is the car that should be the next LMP 1 !

      • JG

        September 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm

        There is one very easy way to improve the speed and efficiency of the current LMP1’s. Get rid of the mandated wheel arch cutouts. The cars will also cease to be fugly as sin. Its a triple win. Just look at the 919 EVO.

        • A Sleeper From Pittsburg

          September 24, 2018 at 9:12 am

          Nah, wheel cutouts are rad, they make the P1s look like they really are, an undercovered open-wheel. Also, there is no need to make them faster.

          If you want to make then look better, the horrendous shark-fin is where you start.

  2. Michael Fox

    September 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    The car was seen lapping Spa on Friday morning, 8:10 ish. The event on Saturday was the public reveal, not the first laps.

  3. JG

    September 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    This thing looks a hell of a lot better than any of the LMP-1’s running now. Oh, wait… that would be because it doesn’t have the ridiculous wheel arch cutouts.

  4. krisg

    September 27, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Hydrogen powered cars should have been a step between petrol powered ones and fully electric. But battery technology caught-up, hydrogen never looked viable from a production perspective and the world then moved-on. We don’t need Hydrogen cars anymore, they won’t add-up anything to the table at this stage. The Toyota Mirai is expensive as a Tesla Model 3, does offer similar range and to produce and store hydrogen is much more expensive than charge an EV. Hydrogen powered cars became obsolete before they even got to the market…

    • Jim the Engineer

      October 9, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Hydrogen has a place in the market, but there hasn’t been enough of a push to develop the technology until the past couple of years. Since the initiative for zero emission vehicles in port cities started (since they experience both poor air quality and high populations), development has really taken off in the private sector. Batteries don’t make sense when vehicles are larger than a big SUV, since the weight of the battery and its associated cooling system start to deliver diminishing returns. Hydrogen provides higher gravimetric energy density than batteries, so while the system takes up just as much space as battery packs it does so with much less weight. The role of hydrogen vehicles are evolving to meet the needs of consumers who require greater energy densities than batteries will be able to provide, so I wouldn’t say that they are obsolete, but rather that the evolutionary pressures for their development haven’t existed until recently. EV’s are unquestionably a huge part of the future of the automotive industry, and much of that transition has been made with technology that consumers are very comfortable with: batteries. Now that the EV market is expanding we will start to see more exotic methods of generating that electricity to meet the needs of specific consumers.

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