The 5th round of the European Le Mans Series at Spa-Francorchamps played host to the world première of a hydrogen-powered racing car (the GreenGT LM PH2G) in action on track plus a fuel stop demonstration and part of the ACO’s Mission H24 project.
Yannick Dalmas, four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and driver of the leading car, who drove the GreenGT LM PH3G during the demonstration, will also pilot the vehicle as the leading car for the ELMS 6 Hours of Spa race on Sunday.
Mission H24 aims to introduce hydrogen-powered racing cars to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024, when a special hydrogen class will be created for a zero-emission race. An array of technologies have been launched and tested at Le Mans over the years. This latest challenge seeks to speed up research and development around this new fuel type, with the ultimate aim of taking it from track to the road to achieve zero-carbon mobility.
ACO President, Pierre Fillon said the demonstration hoped to emphasise the simplicity, reliability and incredible racing potential of hydrogen power.
“Hydrogen is the future because we are aiming for zero-emissions. It is our role to develop high-performance, environmentally friendly technologies”, said Fillon.
After successfully enabling technologies such as front-wheel drive, disc brakes, direct injection, the gas turbine engine, the rotary engine, the turbo, and diesel and hybrid power, the ACO is now committed to hydrogen-powered mobility with Le Mans 2024 its target.
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