The European Commission invites the H24 to Brussels

The European Commission has invited the H24, the electric-hydrogen prototype built under the MissionH24 programme, to appear at the Autoworld museum in Brussels on 1 March 2023.

After breaking new ground in sustainable mobility in 2022 by competing in – and finishing – Michelin Le Mans Cup races in Italy, France and Portugal, the zero-emission racing prototype will take part in an event in the Belgian capital in early March that will lay the foundations for European hydrogen strategy. The sporting programme is coupled with a real technological challenge to fuel the drive towards energy independence in Europe.

MissionH24, the joint initiative conducted by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT to introduce zero-carbon racing through a hydrogen class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be represented at Autoworld, Brussels, on 1 March.

The celebrated Belgian museum will welcome the H24 prototype, the TotalEnergies mobile hydrogen station, a tank designed by Plastic Omnium to contain hydrogen gas, and a Symbio fuel cell. Along with Michelin, Richard Mille, Dietsmann and Essilor, these partners provide essential technical and strategic support for the programme.

This showcase will be an excellent opportunity for European institutions and the public to witness the complete ecosystem developed by MissionH24, which is now a fully functional, high-performance reality.

Racing drivers Stéphane Richelmi and Norman Nato will accompany the H24 which will sport its new livery for the 2023 season. This special colour scheme will pay tribute to the past and future of mobility and illustrate the convictions and aims of MissionH24 partners.

Make a date for 1 March 2023 when all will be revealed.

A cinema screening for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Brussels

The screening of the official 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans film at TheMerode Club in Brussels on 28 February will be a great opportunity to meet the public, but also a chance to reflect on one of the most important aspects of the famous endurance race: the technological, industrial and economic challenge it represents for the automotive sector and for mobility as a whole. In 2023, the 24 Hours of Le Mans celebrates 100 years of history, 100 years of innovation.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, will be joined by racing drivers Sarah Bovy, Sébastien Buemi, Yannick Dalmas and Stéphane Richelmi to answer the audience’s questions after the screening.

They will no doubt address topics such as the energy transition and low-carbon transport, which are vital for our planet’s future.

MissionH24, the collaborative programme between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT, designed to promote hydrogen-fuelled racing, will be represented by Stéphane Richelmi. He drives the H24 prototype, which completed a series of races in 2022, and will be joined by other members of the H24Racing team. European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will talk about her experience on the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans last March, when she was introduced to zero-emission hydrogen racing on board the LMPH2G, the first electric hydrogen prototype from MissionH24, alongside Richelmi. That was part of a day showcasing the hydrogen ecosystem developed by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Le Mans city council, La Sarthe department council and the Pays de la Loire regional council.

Just a few days ago, after a zero-emission drive through Paris between Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower in MissionH24’s LMPH2G, the French Junior Minister for Industry Roland Lescure said:

Hydrogen is one of the keys to the energy transition and MissionH24 is a feat of innovation. As is often the case in the realm of the automobile, everything starts at the racetrack. It’s also a great pleasure to see that the names of the programme’s partners marked on the car’s body are those of French or European companies. This pioneering programme and this remarkable vehicle prompt us to think about how our lives will look in the future, as we move forward with a zero-carbon energy transition. This programme combines three aspects of French excellence: innovation, research and automotive engineering.

The screening at TheMerode Club on 28 February comes ahead of an important announcement on the European hydrogen strategy on 1 March in Brussels.

MissionH24 presents the Hydrogen Competition at ESTACA

Last December, the fuel cell, with Symbio, and the ACO's hydrogen strategy were the topics discussed during a first meeting with students from Estaca (Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile) in Saint Quentin en Yvelines and those from Laval and Bordeaux, connected via videoconference. Hydrogen and the energy transition are obviously of great interest to this generation in training. Following this first appreciated exchange, a new intervention has been scheduled at the beginning of February.
MissionH24, a collaborative program between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT for the promotion of hydrogen in competition and the creation of a category dedicated to hydrogen prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was represented this time by Bernard Niclot, ACO Hydrogen consultant and Antoine Larroque, operations engineer and team manager of H24Racing. The program of the day? The hydrogen competition. How do you introduce a new technology in a race? How to establish the sporting rules? What are the technical rules? What are the stages encountered by a pioneering race team, composed of mechanics and exploratory engineers? How was this electric hydrogen prototype welcomed on the track by the public and by the competitors?

Mentalities have evolved.

As Bernard Niclot and Antoine Larroque made their presentations, reminding us that the H24 fuel cell prototype had taken part in four Michelin Le Mans Cup events and had finished each of them by improving its performance on the track, the audience showed its curiosity by asking many questions.

What is the potential and reliability of a fuel cell? Why this type of chassis and aerodynamics? What will be the refueling time ? Where does the H24 stand in terms of performance compared to the thermal competition? What are the risks with hydrogen? What certifications are required to work in this high voltage context? What obstacles have been encountered? What is the development program? What improvements have you planned? What is your best memory? Imola, our first race in 2022, will remain my greatest achievement even if I have won races in my career," admitted Antoine Larroque. He added this anecdote: "On the races, I meet engineers from other teams with whom I went to school. At the beginning, they would tell me "I hope your machine won't break down often and cause us yellow or red flags." At the end of the weekend, they would sometimes come back and tell me, "so what did you do? I would reply that we had finished and learned. What about them? Their car could be on the board because it hadn't finished the race. Mentalities have evolved. We have shown that hydrogen in racing works and has potential. We are still at the beginning and learning because our technology is far from being mature like the combustion engine. It's exciting and virtuous for motorsport. Bernard Niclot emphasized this characteristic of racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in June: "Racing is a research laboratory for everyone's mobility. Hydrogen is part of its legendary contributions from the race to the road."

The Minister of Industry discovers the zero emission hydrogen racing car!

MissionH24 made the news last night during the Le Mans 24 Hours centenary parade in Paris. On board of the electric-hydrogen prototype LMPH2G which closed the parade, the Minister of Industry, Roland Lescure, took his seat.

An exceptional moment last night in Paris for the MissionH24 program. A parade of vehicles symbolizing the past, present and future of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is celebrating its centenary this year, crossed Paris, escorted by the motorcyclists of the Republican Guard.

To close the parade, which started at 10:40 pm from the Place de la Concorde and stopped at the Hôtel de la Monnaie (La Monnaie de Paris is the creator of the trophy for the Centenary edition of the 24 Hours, which will be held on June 10 and 11), and then at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the organizers had symbolically chosen one of the electric-hydrogen propulsion prototypes of the MissionH24 program. On board, alongside its driver Stéphane Richelmi, a prestigious passenger: the Minister of Industry, Roland Lescure, welcomed a few minutes before the departure of the convoy by Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.

Passionate about technology (he is a polytechnician), and the bearer of France's technological and industrial strategy and projects, the Minister installed his 1.90 meter height in the car's cramped cockpit for this unprecedented drive of the MissionH24 electric-hydrogen prototype in the Parisian night. A few kilometers to discover this technology of energy transition and its pioneering program, supported by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT, which prepares the arrival of hydrogen-powered vehicles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the coming years within a category dedicated to them. At 11pm, the LMPH2G stopped under the glittering Eiffel Tower, allowing Roland Lescure to savor the experience he had just had.

The LMPH2G is on display until Sunday, February 5 at the Rétromobile show in Paris (Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, hall 2.2, stand C.056) along with the most iconic vehicles in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate of Industry:

"I have just crossed Paris, from the Concorde to the Eiffel Tower, one of the most beautiful cities in the world by day and by night, aboard one of the most beautiful cars in the world, a fantastic French racing car: a competition prototype designed and developed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, whose only emission into the atmosphere during the few kilometers of our journey was limited to water, a few centiliters of water, absolutely pure, the result of the operation of the hydrogen fuel cell that powers the electric motors that propel the vehicle.

The parade organized this evening carried a strong symbolism, a parade of old vehicles, sometimes very old, the mythology of yesterday's race, and this link to the history of tomorrow, with this hydrogen prototype that makes the energy transition of mobility a tangible reality.

It's fantastic to think that, while driving, the only thing we're throwing away is water! About one glass per kilometer. Hydrogen is one of the keys to the energy transition and MissionH24 is an innovation challenge. As is often the case in the automotive world, everything starts with the race. And it's also a pleasure to see that the names of the partners accompanying the program are those of French or European companies on the body of this car. This pioneering program and this exceptional vehicle allow us to think about the future of our daily lives, in a logic of totally decarbonized energy transition. Innovation, research, mechanics, this program is a testimony to French excellence.

Congratulations MissionH24 and long live the 24 Hours of Le Mans!"

MissionH24 has launched its 2023 season

MissionH24, the collaborative program between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT to promote hydrogen in competition, started its 2023 season on the track of the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans. The LMPH2G, the first electric hydrogen prototype, was the official leading car and started the debates of a very animated race. The start of a promising 2023 season for MissionH24.

Final of the Le Mans Virtual Series, these 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023 have crowned this Sunday, January 15, teams and crews out of the ordinary, as gathering the best of sim racing and professional drivers. An event in esport and motorsport in which MissionH24, a competition program for sustainable mobility, participated with great interest.

Shortly before 2 pm (French time), on January 14, 2023, the LMPH2G set the pace for the 45 crews, representing 180 competitors from 41 countries, with a first line Porsche Coanda, followed by a second line Team Redline, leading this particular pack.

The 24 hours of competition were intense and lively. The LMPH2G took to the track during the neutralization phases of the race. On this occasion, the competitors as well as the television viewers were able to discover or deepen their knowledge on hydrogen competition, the strategy of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, in collaboration with GreenGT, for the creation of a category dedicated to hydrogen prototypes by Le Mans 2025. At a time when fossil fuels must be replaced, many manufacturers are interested and working on hydrogen mobility solutions.

Through MissionH24 and its involvement in the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT wish to share and publicize their action in favor of the energy transition, a universal theme.

The victory of the 3rd edition of the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans went to the Oreca 07 #2 of the redline team, driven by Felipe Drugovich, Felix Rosenqvist, Luke Bennett and Chris Lulham.

Next meeting of the MissionH24 program with the public? A hint: look in your rearview mirror.

MissionH24 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual

To kick off the 2023 season, MissionH24 will take part in the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on January 14 and 15. The program, run in collaboration with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT to promote hydrogen for zero-emission racing, is aimed at all motorsport enthusiasts, whether they are driving simulators or real prototypes.

The energy transition is everyone's business. The LMPH2G, MissionH24's first electric hydrogen racing car, will be the leading car in the grand finale of the Le Mans Virtual Series. Its mission will be to set the pace at the start of this extraordinary race, which will bring together some of the biggest stars of sim racing and motorsport, including two-time F1 world champion Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean and Gustavo Menezes. The race, which will start at 2pm (UK time), will be broadcasted all over Europe and especially on Eurosport Player. The complete program will be given soon.

Since the first edition of the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020, the MissionH24 program has been deploying its strategy in a very concrete way. With the LMPH2G and the H24, the latest prototype developed by the H24Racing team, hydrogen has demonstrated its potential and reliability. A world first in motorsport, the H24, which competed in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in the innovative car category, took part in the 2022 races at Imola, Le Mans and Portimao. This complex new technology made it to the finish line every time. Quite a statistic! This performance is a world first: never before has a hydrogen car taken part in a competition at this level. In Le Mans, during the 24 Hours week, it set a record in the Hunaudières: 290.8 km/h for a hydrogen vehicle, which emits no CO2 at the exhaust, only water. This pioneering project is not science fiction, it is real. Stéphane Richelmi and Norman Nato are the two reference drivers.

During the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023, MissionH24 will meet a new audience, a young generation concerned by the energy transition. An appointment not to be missed.

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MissionH24 at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

MissionH24 will run two of its electric-hydrogen powered racing prototypes at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Read the press release: MissionH24 invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

MissionH24 de retour au Mans pour une semaine de courses. Copyright Paul PHD Davidson 72x1200

24 Hours of Le Mans 2022: Review of a very rich week in competition

Both in the race and in the paddock, MissionH24 ended its week at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on a very positive note.

Read the press release: 24 Heures du Mans 2022 - bilan

Exceptionnelle réunions de présidents autour du prototype MissionH24 quelques minutes avant le départ des 24 Heures du Mans. Copyright MissionH24

MissionH24 receives its Presidents on the starting line of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

A few minutes before the start of the 24 Hours, the presidents of MissionH24 and of the program's partner companies came together for the first time on the starting grid in Le Mans, just a few minutes before the H24 Honor Lap.

Read the press release: MissionH24 - The presidents' visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans!