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In 2018, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced the creation of a hydrogen class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024. The MissionH24 programme has been the vehicle for this major objective which is itself part of a bigger picture. At the ACO, hydrogen is not intended to be just a fuel for racing.

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    The MissionH24 programme was created in September 2018. It is a joint project between the ACO and GreenGT, an independent company active in the field of electric-hydrogen technologies. The programme’s aim is to create a class for prototypes with an electric-hydrogen powertrain at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024. With the 2024 regulations, the use of a new form of energy in motorsport represents a ground-breaking challenge for the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    The MissionH24 programme revolves around the development of a prototype designed by GreenGT and has attracted support from sector-leading partners helping to explore the world of electric-hydrogen propulsion and map out the future of motorsport. Michelin, Plastic Omnium, TotalEnergies and Symbio are providing the expertise required to develop the car and write the rulebook. Red Bull and Oreca have also shown considerable interest in the ACO’s hydrogen programme and, in early 2021, proposed their respective services and know-how to the project. They will supply the chassis of the future Hydrogen prototypes that will take to the 24 Hours of Le Mans track from 2024.

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    Our quest for sustainable mobility goes beyond motorsport.

    The hydrogen station opened in Le Mans in July 2020 is a symbol of this commitment. Located near Le Mans aerodrome opposite the iconic circuit, this station fuels zero-emission vehicles: currently local buses, and ultimately HGVs and fleet vehicles. The H2 station is a central component of the hydrogen platform. It was built with essential support from local authorities Le Mans Métropole and the Regional and Departmental Councils who are convinced of the potential of hydrogen.

    Hydrogen production is another major challenge that is being tackled. We are involved in a programme entitled “H2 Ouest” which saw the laying of the foundation stone of Europe’s first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen production site at Bouin, on France’s Atlantic coast. Green hydrogen will be the culmination of a joint effort involving many parties. It must be a virtuous cycle, from beginning to end, and the ACO is working towards this goal.

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The H24 prototype hits the track for the first time (video)
24h Le Mans29/03/2021

The H24 prototype hits the track for the first time (video)

The Mission H24 project's new hydrogen-electric powered racing prototype recently completed its first laps at the Lurcy-Levis circuit with Norman Nato at the wheel.

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