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ACO Teases 2024 Zero-Emission Hydrogen Category

ACO announces plans for a separate zero-emission hydrogen-powered class in 2024…

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In addition to the 2020 top-class regulations, the ACO has also confirmed that is planning to introduce a zero-emission hydrogen class for the 2024 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The cars would run in a separate class, with an ACO/FIA working group is already in place to research the topic.

Issues and challenges involved with the new technology will be looked at in the working group while “a wide range of experts” will be consulted on the subject.

Seven automotive manufacturers and parts makers actively developing hydrogen technology are involved in the discussions and in demonstrating the relevance and efficiency it could have.

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission are also supporting the program.

“Over the decades the laboratory that motor sport provides has driven forward the development of technology and safety that has a direct benefit to all of us,” said FIA President Jean Todt.

“The FIA has been at the forefront of this development, and the inclusion of a class for hydrogen technology in the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024 is the next, important, step on the road to a cleaner and sustainable future.”

A statement from the ACO says that the French organization has always encouraged research and the development of technologies that “improve safety and comfort, boost performance and reduce fuel consuption for cleaner and greener motorsport and mobility.”

“The 24 Hours of Le Mans and endurance racing have always provided a place for manufacturers to test and develop new technology,” said FIA Endurance Commission President Richard Mille.

“The decision to include a class for hydrogen powered cars from 2024 is the perfect fit with the philosophy of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“This reflects the importance of this for the automotive industry as it seeks to develop renewable energy to replace the combustion engine as the primary power source for road vehicles.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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