MissionH24 and the Industry, in Lyon

On the occasion of Global Industrie, the largest French showcase of industrial innovation, organized at Eurexpo in Lyon from March 7 to 10, the hydrogen sports program of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT is well present during this event dedicated to professionals as well as the public: one of the hydrogen electric prototypes is thus exhibited during these four days, while Bernard Niclot, Innovation Manager of MissionH24, introduces a round table dedicated to hydrogen and its opportunities for the industry in France, and Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, contributes to the presentation of a prize, the Golden Tech. The theme of this competition in 2023: the hydrogen car.

As the 24 Hours of Le Mans celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, 100 years of passion and innovation, the natural link between the famous endurance race and technological research is more relevant than ever, at a time of energy transition and the challenges it entails.

As a technological demonstrator of a possible sustainable mobility, the electric hydrogen prototype of the MissionH24 program, a collaboration between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and GreenGT, has its place at Global Industrie, the largest French event dedicated to industrial innovation, from March 7 to 10, in Lyon, Eurexpo, in the area dedicated to Golden Tech, Hall 4. This zero-emission car will showcase the collaboration of various partners with the engineers of the race team to realize the potential of hydrogen. Research, innovation and testing are part of their daily work, just like many players in French industry facing the current challenges.

This 2023 edition of Global Industrie is developing the theme of hydrogen, in particular through the Golden Tech competition, which will deliver its verdict on March 10 at 1 pm (Hall 4, Eurexpo). Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, has been invited, via a video, to participate in the celebration of the winners who will have competed with ingenuity on "the hydrogen car". Fourteen trades or rings will be represented.

Bernard Niclot, Head of Innovation at MissionH24, will launch a round table discussion on the opportunities offered by hydrogen to industry. See you on March 9, from 4 pm, Hall 1.

Automobile racing, endurance racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans are proof, if any were needed, of their roots in mobility and the industrial challenges associated with it.

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.

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The new H24 completed its first 2021 track test session

The new electric hydrogen powered racing prototype of the MissionH24 program completed two successful days of tests on the Lurcy-Lévis testing track. Norman Nato was at the wheel. The car is back in the GreenGT facilities to receive its first upgrading and systems improvements (hi-resolution pictures ont request).

GreenGT MissionH24 LMPH2G (à g. left) & H24 (à d. right). Copyright MissionH24 Antonin Vincent.

The new H24 racing prototype is preparing its first testing session!

The H24Racing team, which has been running the GreenGT LMPH2G (left) since 2018 in the context of the MissionH24 programme, is preparing the new prototype, the H24 (right), first appearance on the track.

The new electric hydrogen powered racing car shakedown will occur in the next days. We will share with you this very important moment in the life of the MissionH24 programme.

20210115 Stoffel Vandoorne. Image copyright Norman Nato.

Stoffel Vandoorne joins Norman Nato for H24Racing

Belgian driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, is joining MissionH24. Alongside Frenchman Norman Nato he will contribute to the performance development programme of the H24Racing team’s electric-hydrogen-powered prototypes.
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La LMPH2G, à gauche et, à droite, la nouvelle H24 dévoilée vendredi 18 septembre au Mans, qui va lui succéder en piste (copyright MissionH24).

A successful 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans for MissionH24!

With the presentation of a new car, the announcement of two new partners, a solo lap of honour as a prelude to the race, MissionH24 has lived a very intense 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans.

MissionH24 was invited by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans and it leaves the Sarthe after experiencing some red-letter moments in its development and that of electric-hydrogen propulsion in motor racing.

On Friday, a new racing car, the H24, which is lighter, technologically more evolved and quicker that the current LMPH2G, was unveiled by the H24Racing team at the same time as the names of two new partners appeared on the bodywork of the LMPH2G and the H24, watchmaker, Richard Mille, and automotive equipment manufacturer, Plastic Omnium. These announcements were made during the traditional official press conference of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest at which the H24Racing team was the star guest!

On Saturday, a few minutes before the competitors in the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans set off for their gruelling 24-hour marathon, the LMPH2G gave MissionH24 its last big moment of the week. At 14:12, after lining up in front of the competitors assembled on the starting grid it set off for a solo lap of the circuit. Once it had completed its lap and was on its way back to the Maison Blanche paddock where it was installed this week, Carlos Tavares, the CEO of the new Stellantis Automobile Group, who had already tested the LMPH2G at the end of July, gave the start to the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After this successful rendezvous with the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, H24Racing is going to begin a test campaign to sort out and develop the H24 and prepare for the 2021 season.

Pierre Fillon
President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, co-President of MissionH24
By launching MissionH24 in 2018, our ambition was to show step by step that hydrogen technology was not science fiction, but a concrete efficient promising solution, and above all a guarantor of competition and zero emission mobility. We’ve been following this road map as we’ve already concretised different stages. First of all with the LMPH2G, the first electric-hydrogen racing prototype of its kind, then with the first H2 Mobile station by Total, and finally this weekend at Le Mans the presentation of the H24, the fruit of valuable testing carried out with the LMPH2G, and also the arrival of new partners, Plastic Omnium and Richard Mille, alongside Total and Michelin-Symbio: each in its own sphere of activity, is going to contribute to the pursuit of MissionH24 and its objective - a dedicated hydrogen category at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Jean-Michel Bouresche
MissionH24 Operations Manager and Team Principal of the H24Racing team
This weekend at Le Mans and the LMPH2G’s lap of the track mark the end of a cycle. Since the launch of the MissionH24 project at Spa two years ago, this prototype has covered almost 10.000 km in private testing and during race weekends. In the coming weeks the H24 will take over. Our aim? to do more running at higher speeds for longer periods and then test this level of performance again in competition. Our new partners, Richard Mille and Plastic Omnium, which are joining Total and Michelin-Symbio in the programme, share the same ambition: namely, to show together with us that electric-hydrogen is a tangible solution for motor sport in endurance and beyond that for mobility.


MissionH24 is a project developed jointly by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and GreenGT, specialist in high density electric-hydrogen power in particular for the propulsion of vehicles. MissionH24 is preparing the introduction of a category for electric-hydrogen vehicles at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.

H24Racing is the team created by MissionH24 to develop and race competition prototypes that will enable MissionH24 to prepare the technical and sporting regulations for the category dedicated to electric-hydrogen vehicles at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.


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20200918 Press Release - Richard Mille joins MissionH24.

Richard Mille new MissionH24 partner

Prestigious Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille joins MissionH24.
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