An electric hydrogen-powered vehicle has lapped Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This took place in between Thursday evening’s two qualifying sessions, with development driver and brand ambassador Olivier Panis completing the lap in the Green GT H2 at 9:15 p.m. local time.
Michelin provided the tires for the Green GT, but is also a technology partner and shareholder in Symbio FCELL, which developed the car’s hydrogen system.
The car previously drove a few laps of the Formula E Paris ePrix track in April, before taking to Le Mans this week.
It will return to the track on Saturday for a second demonstration lap, at 12:40 p.m.
“Bearing in mind Michelin’s commitment to mobility, it is logical that Michelin supports Green GT and the H2, which is not only a race car but also a high performance laboratory,” explained Valerie Bouillon-Delporte, director of hydrogen innovation at Michelin.
Green GT and Michelin are also in the process of developing the H2 Speed, a supercar designed by Pininfarina and intended for circuit use. It is on display this weekend at the Michelin hospitality structure.