MissionH24 at European H2 Week

The collaborative program between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and H24Project takes part in this international meeting of hydrogen stakeholders, which will take place in Brussels on 20-24 November. It is organised by Hydrogen Europe, together with the European Commission and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

At the invitation of Hydrogène Europe, the organizer of this event, a stand inspired by the Hydrogène Village of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in a reduced format and adapted to an indoor show, will present to visitors to Brussels Expo, this vector of energy that will decarbonize Endurance and more generally mobility.

The MissionH24 program, with its first hydrogen electric prototype, the LMPH2G, will constitute the central element of the system since motor racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship in particular, are the DNA of the 'CO.

The LMPH2G, this pioneering demonstrator, will allow the public to see the potential of hydrogen in extreme use, car racing. The operation of this electric prototype which produces its own electricity via the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in the fuel cell will be explained concretely. The feedback from the team that developed the LMPH2G, before the H24 and now the H24Evo, can be shared by Bassel Aslan, the technical director of the program, present at the start of the week. Hydrogen in competition is neither science fiction nor the future, it is already the present and reality since in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, in 2022, the H24 has finished all the races in which it has participated. As a reminder, MissionH24, a collaboration between the ACO and H24Project, aims to create a Hydrogen category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in order to decarbonize this endurance classic.

Fun activities on the manufacture of hydrogen, or even on the history of the legendary endurance test, will complete this exhibition, located in Hall 7 of the Brussels Expo.

In the name of zero-emission racing! It will be the H24EVO!

The new MissionH24 racing car is now called the H24EVO. Unveiled on 11 October, the electric-hydrogen prototype is the new flagbearer of the project to promote hydrogen in racing initiated by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and orchestrated by H24Project. A panel composed of ACO president Pierre Fillon and H24Project president Jean-Michel Bouresche who co-chair MissionH24, project sponsor Richard Mille, and drivers Norman Nato and Stéphane Richelmi selected the name among suggestions from members of the project’s online community.

The H24EVO takes up the baton from the H24 and the LMPH2G in the race to achieve zero-carbon motor racing. Its maiden outing is scheduled for 2025 when it will set out to demonstrate the role that hydrogen can play in terms of performance and the energy transition we need to undertake to save the planet.

MissionH24’s aim is to introduce a class for hydrogen prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A dozen constructors from around the world have been working towards this goal for several years now. As a pioneer in hydrogen-powered racing, the H24EVO is a precious tool with which to experiment the technology.

As soon it receives FIA homologation, the prototype will be entered for the Michelin Le Mans Cup. In the meantime, the car will be on display at the next 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12–16 June 2024. When the time comes, it will cut a unique figure in a field of fossil-fuel combustion engine vehicles, thanks to its sleek, alluring look and technical features resulting from the feedback of its predecessors.


Pierre Fillon, ACO president and MissionH24 joint chair:

"The third MissionH24 prototype is the result of several years’ experience with this new technology on the racetrack and the road. But this isn’t just a demonstration to get admiring looks. It’s proof that hydrogen has true potential. It’s our way of making our strategy real for the motor racing community and motorists in general. Explaining our approach and sharing our findings are part of how we work. It’s a team effort."


Jean-Michel Bouresche, Head of the H24Project and MissionH24 joint chair:

"The name of the third MissionH24 prototype reflects our programme. Short and snappy, H24EVO points to our rapid progress over little time. The car opens a new chapter with the promise of an exciting future. With H24EVO, carbon-free mobility is fast becoming a reality."


Richard Mille, MissionH24 partner:

“A name sums up a programme, an idea, a challenge. To me, it was important that the name of this new prototype epitomise the values at work in this pioneering effort. Initiated in 2018, MissionH24 embodies our strategy and beliefs. A zero-emission racing car, heading towards zero-carbon motor racing and mobility, merits a singular name: H24EVO is another milestone in the pursuit of our goals for endurance racing and travel in general."


Norman Nato:

“This car’s design is as promising as the technical improvements it incorporates. Will its performance match its looks? Let’s just say it’s the goal we have set ourselves, especially as the development of the electric-hydrogen prototype contributes greatly to MissionH24’s overall progress."


Stéphane Richelmi:

“Naming a car isn’t as easy as it might seem, and we were grateful for the suggestions from our followers. We opted for a name that indicates that our programme continues to evolve. I must say I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the H24EVO!”

MissionH24 and the Ballon d'Or

Today, the H24, the electric hydrogen prototype from the MissionH24 programme, paraded one of the most prestigious sports trophies in the world, the Ballon d’Or, through the streets of Paris in the run-up to the international footballers’ annual prize-giving ceremony.

MissionH24 played a starring role in the Ballon d'Or celebrations on 30 October, as the H24 completed the final stretch of the trophies’ journey through the streets of Paris to the red carpet outside the Théâtre du Châtelet, the venue for the prestigious football award honouring the best male and female footballers of the season.

An activation imagined in collaboration with Amaury Media and France Football and broadcast on the L’Equipe channel.

The H24, the first electric hydrogen racing prototype, was driven by Stéphane Richelmi, who delivered the trophies to the hosts of the gala event. This was a remarkable – and most importantly – sustainable choice of transport, since the H24 is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and emits nothing but water from its exhaust. In the course of its short Parisian trip, it emitted 0.4 litres of pure water.
Mission H24’s vocation is to create a class for hydrogen-powered cars at the 2026 24 Hours of Le Mans to achieve zero-emission racing and mobility.

Stéphane Richelmi, H24 driver at the wheel with the Ballon d'Or on 30 October 2023:

"I have to admit that of all the passengers I've taken on board my electric hydrogen prototype, these two Ballons d'Or trophies were the most surprising and perhaps the most spectacular. A few minor adjustments and maximum concentration were required to drive through the streets of Paris at this pace. As we pulled up at the venue, the H24 drew admiring glances from the world's leading male and female footballers and no doubt piqued the curiosity of the hundreds of millions of TV viewers waiting to hear the names of the 2023 winners. It was a privilege to have been entrusted with the sustainable, zero-emission delivery of these two coveted awards!”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and co-president of MissionH24:

“Tonight's operation saw the H24 hydrogen electric prototype transport the Ballon d'Or through the streets of Paris and shows how different sports can work together to help bring about the energy transition. All sports have a role to play in the quest for zero emissions and sharing experiences can only be a good thing. I’m particularly proud of tonight’s event and the sustainable initiatives we’ve undertaken.”

MissionH24 answered Madrid’s Global Mobility Call

MissionH24 is just back from Madrid, where its representatives from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and H24Project continued their venture to promote hydrogen as a solution for transport at Global Mobility Call, a major international event on sustainable mobility. Displayed at the congress entrance from 24 to 26 October, the LMPH2G electric-hydrogen prototype attracted its fair share of attention. Meanwhile, ACO President Pierre Fillon gave a presentation on the crucial role that the Endurance discipline is playing in the move towards zero-carbon mobility.

The sleek lines of the LMPH2G were the subject of much admiration and curiosity during the three-day congress in the Spanish capital. True to the DNA of the ACO, founded in 1906 and organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1923, the electric-hydrogen prototype is breaking new ground in motorsport, proving the potential of hydrogen in mobility for all. In today’s world, freedom of movement cannot be dissociated with our duty to respect our environment.

Endurance racing is determined to lead the way to zero-carbon mobility. Since 2018, when the MissionH24 project was launched, the discipline has been promoting zero-carbon racing. In 2026, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will comprise a class for hydrogen-powered cars and the prospect is a source of inspiration for numerous carmakers.

Thanks to the LMPH2G, the intentions of MissionH24 were clearly visible to visitors at Madrid’s Ifema over the past few days. Many admirers are pioneers in their own right, among them explorer and environmentalist Bertrand Piccard, who enjoyed a ride in the LMPH2G at Le Mans in the early days of the project. Other important visitors were Ifema Madrid president José Vicente de los Mozos, FIA senate president Carmelo Sanz de Barros, José Ignacio Lijarcio, who came with several other representatives of the Spanish road safety foundation, Ignacio Varela of the Guardia Civile, José Manuel Escoin Cano, secretary general of the Spanish chamber of commerce in France, Director-General for Traffic Pere Navarro, as well as representatives of project partners TotalEnergies, Michelin, Symbio, Plastic Omnium, Richard Mille, Dietsmann and Essilor.

In his address to the congress on Wednesday, Pierre Fillon emphasised that the ACO’s strategy is part of a wider collaborative effort:  The ACO is promoting hydrogen in endurance racing because it suits our race format. But trains, trucks and buses can all run efficiently and effectively on hydrogen. Several other forms of transport could follow suit.

That said, we are not claiming that hydrogen is THE solution. I am often told that it will be very difficult for hydrogen to become the solution for the future.

Of course, hydrogen is not THE solution – it is ONE of the solutions. Today, there are many forms of mobility for very different purposes. And the number of vehicles is much greater than it was sixty years ago. We shall have to rethink how we travel and, above all, how we manage our energy resources. There will be more than one solution. That’s the situation and, in a way, it’s more reassuring than relying on just one form of energy. We owe our energies the same consideration and respect as we owe our environment. Engineers and research scientists are working with determination and conviction on a multitude of solutions. 

I must say, however, that energy transition is everyone’s business. We cannot rely solely on research, science and technology. There must be collective awareness of the situation. Teamwork is necessary for a successful transition, to maintain our freedom of movement. With less pressure on the planet.

MissionH24 is one of the components of the teamwork led by all the key players in mobility gathered here.

MissionH24 unveils a brand new hydrogen electric prototype

After the LMPH2G and the H24, MissionH24, a collaborative project between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and H24Project, presents this October 11, 2023 a brand new hydrogen electric prototype.

The new hydrogen electric prototype more distinguished, it displays very different ambitions. After introducing hydrogen on the track, MissionH24 is now introducing hydrogen in competition, for a race with zero CO2 emissions.

With the support of its partners, TotalEnergies, Michelin, Symbio, Plastic Omnium, Richard Mille, Dietsmann and Essilor, discover the new prototype of MissionH24.

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MissionH24 set to be introduced to the Japanese public at the 6 Hours of Fuji

Early September, Fuji Speedway will stage an exclusive exhibition that will see the MissionH24 electric-hydrogen prototype displayed alongside the Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept, unveiled by the Japanese manufacturer in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While Hypercars battle for supremacy on track, spectators will get a glimpse of the hydrogen-powered future of endurance racing in the village.

After the magnificent celebrations of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary in June, the FIA World Endurance Championship will spotlight the present and the future at the 6 Hours of Fuji (8-10 September 2023). Hypercar, LMP2 and LMGTE Am challengers are set to deliver intensely exciting battles on the iconic racetrack in the foothills of Mount Fuji while, away from the action, the village will offer fans an insight into endurance racing of the future. In 2018, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) presented a roadmap to integrate hydrogen technology into the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship by 2026. The goal is clear – to decarbonise racing and mobility.

MissionH24, the joint venture set up by the ACO and GreenGT to promote hydrogen in racing, will be at Fuji for the first time with a replica of the LMPH2G (Le Mans Prototype–Hydrogen Gas). This pioneering vehicle has provided the stimulus for leading manufacturers to begin preparing hydrogen prototypes to compete in endurance series in the coming years.

A shining example is the Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept , unveiled by Toyota Motor Corporation chairman Akio Toyoda at Le Mans in June. The stunning vehicle will be displayed on home soil for the first time at the 6 Hours of Fuji alongside the MissionH24 prototype.

The two prototypes are a perfect illustration of the hydrogen strategy adopted for endurance – as outlined by ACO president Pierre Fillon at the 24 Hours of Fuji in May – since one is powered by a fuel cell while the other is driven by a hydrogen internal combustion engine.

So why is the FIA WEC turning to hydrogen? The exclusive exhibition will provide the answers! Alongside the two spectacular hydrogen racing prototypes, the event will include fun activities and games designed to entertain spectators of all ages while educating them about the role played by hydrogen in zero-carbon mobility. In a country that is particularly aware of environmental issues, it is sure to arouse plenty of interest.

Meanwhile, away from Fuji, H24Racing – MissionH24’s racing entity – is currently working through a new development phase devoted to boosting performance after completing a 2022 programme that included four Michelin Le Mans Cup races at Imola, Le Mans and Portimão.  Check points such as refuelling, reliability and safety were marked off as the H24 prototype reached the finish line every time.

Spectacular, the two Hydrogen competition prototypes will be integrated into an educational and didactic system dedicated to carbon-free mobility via hydrogen. Animations and games will be proposed to all generations of spectators, in a well-informed country that is particularly sensitive to its environment and its evolution.

MissionH24 contributes to the CSR strategy of the 24 Heures of Le Mans

Last June, on the occasion of the Centenary of the 24 Heures du Mans, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest pursued its Race to 2030 program, aimed at making its flagship event carbon neutral. MissionH24, a collaboration between the ACO and GreenGT for the creation of a hydrogen category at the 24 Heures du Mans, joined in the various operations carried out to achieve, among other things, sustainable competition and mobility.

As a committed player in the energy transition, MissionH24 supports the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's corporate social responsibility strategy. During the last 24 Hours of Le Mans, several runs of its hydrogen prototypes demonstrated the potential of hydrogen to spectators and television viewers. Throughout the week, a village bringing together manufacturers, institutions and committed companies offered a wide range of activities to discover this energy vector.

Throughout the summer, discover, play and win (maybe) on MissionH24's various social networks.


GreenGT Technologies SAS with MissionH24

Following Christophe Ricard's resignation from GreenGT Holding, the group's two entities - GreenGT SA (Switzerland) and GreenGT Technologies SAS (France) - become independent and autonomous.

GreenGT Technologies SAS, chaired by Jean-Michel Bouresche, will collaborate with the ACO on MissionH24, a program to create a category dedicated to hydrogen prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

MissionH24 at Le Mans Classic

After the race of the Century, the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023, on June 10 and 11, and the Viva Tech new technologies trade show in Paris last week, MissionH24 will be at Le Mans Classic, the world's largest retrospective race, from June 29 to July 2.

After driving on the legendary 13.6 kilometer racetrack at the 24 Heures du Mans 2023, giving Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister for Sport, Olympic and Paralympic Games, a discovery lap in the LMPH2G, and greeting the tens of thousands of spectators, during the Parade Lap a few minutes before the start of the Centenary edition, MissionH24 then headed for Paris in mid-June, to take part in Viva Tech's Global Sports Week, to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen in motor racing, for decarbonized racing and mobility. The public, present in large numbers (150,000 people over 4 days), has shown its interest in the collaborative program between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT.

From Thursday to July 2, MissionH24 will take part in the legendary Le Mans Classic event. On display with the Group C vehicles (near Maison Blanche), the H24, the first electric-hydrogen racing prototype to have competed at this level of Endurance competition (4 Michelin Le Mans Cup events in 2022), will bear witness to the link between past, present and future: passion, reason, progress, commitment, the four founding pillars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Akio Toyoda visits MissionH24 in Le Mans

At the Le Mans 24 Hours 2023, hydrogen was a major topic of discussion. MissionH24, the collaborative program between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT to create a class of H2 prototypes for the 2026 Le Mans 24 Hours, has initiated a number of projects developing this technology, which is helping to decarbonize not only racing but mobility more generally.

Among the announcements made during the big week at Le Mans was one from Toyota, made on Friday at the official ACO conference by Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda in person. He presented the GR H2 Racing Concept, intended for the future H2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, before taking to the track on Saturday lunchtime, at the wheel of the ORC Rookie GR Corolla H2 concept, a car presented for the first time in France.

Here are the impressions of Akio Toyoda, or Morizo, as the Toyota chairman takes to the track as a driver.13