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MissionH24 Hydrogen Prototype Set for First Le Mans Outing

Hydrogen-powered prototype set for first laps of Le Mans Bugatti Circuit…

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The MissionH24 prototype is set for its first appearance at Le Mans this week, ahead of potential race outings later this year in ACO-sanctioned competition.

The hydrogen-powered prototype, a joint project between the ACO and GreenGT, will turn laps on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit on Thursday, as part the “Les Assises de l’Automobile” conference hosted by Ouest France.

According to a statement from the ACO, MissionH24 and the LMPH2G prototype intend to “influence any debate” on the future of the automobile.

“We believe that basing discussions on concrete demonstrations is the road to real solutions,” the statement read. “Showcasing the prototype LMPH2G at a gathering of experts on mobility and new energies stands to reason.”

It will mark the car’s third public outing following its track debut at Spa-Francorchamps during the European Le Mans Series weekend in September, as well as at the Paris Motor Show.

Swiss balloonist Bertrand Piccard, an advocate of low-emission transport, will get laps in the MissionH24 car during Thursday’s event, as a passenger.

While currently under development, it’s understood the car could take part in selected Michelin Le Mans Cup races later this year as an unclassified entry, building up to the ACO’s planned introduction of hydrogen-powered cars into the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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