The ACO and GreenGT have launched a race team, named H24Racing, as part of their join effort to develop hydrogen technology in endurance racing.
It isn’t clear what exactly the team will do, although it ties in with the Mission H24 strategy which was unveiled in September and involved a hydrogen prototype completing a demonstration at Spa-Francorchamps.
The ACO is aiming to introduce a new class of hydrogen-powered cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024 to compete alongside traditional combustion engine cars.
A statement released by the organization on Monday promised that “work is already under way at the ACO to introduce the exciting all-new class of cars in top-level endurance racing.”
“A new team spells excitement, enthusiasm, expectancy and promise,” said ACO president Pierre Fillon.
“I have to admit a sense of fulfilment in announcing the arrival of H24Racing. With this team, we are making our project real.
“GreenGT’s accomplishments in research, development and implementation in fuel cell technology are unprecedented.”
H24Racing will allow the ACO and GreenGT to demonstrate their technology on track and compete against other fuels and powertrains.
“Le Mans 2024 is just five seasons away,” said H24Racing general manager Jean-Michel Bouresche.
“Five seasons in which H24Racing will be racing over mid and long distances, putting the LMPH2G and its electric-hydrogen technology through its paces.
“Fitted with GreenGT’s high-power electric-hydrogen energy module, the car is entering the second stage of development now that the technical configuration has been defined.
“From now on, we are looking for performance, speed and endurance. The third stage, which begins later this year, is the competition phase where the LMPH2G takes on its first opponents under the new H24Racing banner.
“We shall be writing the future of the automotive world.”