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

MissionH24, a high-profile role at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was a remarkable celebration of the race’s 100 years of history but there was still much focus on the future, notably the quest for zero emissions through hydrogen technology. Highlights included the announcement of the future programme, vehicle presentations, a dedicated hydrogen village, a visit and tour of the circuit by the Minister for Sport, the Olympic & Paralympic Games in a MissionH24 prototype, hydrogen-powered shuttles and more. A special class for vehicles powered by this new energy source is to be introduced at the 2026 24 Hours of Le Mans, but hydrogen was already firmly at the forefront this year.

Thousands flock to the H2 Village

Race week attractions at the 24 Hours circuit included a  hydrogen village, promoting themes such as training, transport, manufacturing, storage, uses, energy transformation, education, support for companies in the shift to sustainable mobility, games, fun learning initiatives and, of course, motor racing, fuel cells and internal combustion engines. Thousands of visitors learnt more about this new technology, which is paving the way for zero-emission mobility.

Alongside MissionH24, there was Alpine, Toyota, Ligier Bosch, GCK Solution F, the University of Le Mans, GreenBox, SNCF, Neopolia, the European Commission’s French representation, Watea, Plastic Omnium and the representatives from the Le Mans H2 Symposium (to be held in conjunction with the ACO on 26-27 September). They all shared their know-how and the results of their research and experiments involving hydrogen.

The Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept, the Foenix H2 from Solution F (GT) and the Ligier JS2 RH2 Bosch Engineering (GT) revealed exclusively at Le Mans

In a dedicated Racing area of the village, the MissionH24 LMPH2G was displayed as the flagship of these new programmes and projects. However, a number of other vehicles were also on show, including the Alpine Alpenglow and three others, unveiled for the first time at Le Mans: the Foenix H2 from Solution F (GT), the Ligier JS2 RH2 Bosch Engineering (GT), and the Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept, the Japanese carmaker’s proto for the new H2 class at the 24 Hours, revealed by Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda. Motorsport fans were quick to snap photos of these future racing machines!

The Minister for Sport and the Olympic & Paralympic Games introduced to zero-emission racing

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the French Minister for Sport, the Olympic & Paralympic Games, donned a race suit and helmet on Saturday, just a few hours before the start of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. She then completed a lap of the iconic Le Mans circuit as a passenger alongside Stéphane Richelmi in the LMPH2G, the electric-hydrogen prototype from MissionH24, a programme run jointly by the ACO and GreenGT, in preparation for a H2 class at the 24 Hours. The Minister congratulated the ACO and all the programme’s partners on their mission to achieve zero-emission racing and mobility.

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, guided the Minister during her visit to Le Mans, introducing her to the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, and Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda. Both the Japanese company and its leader are actively involved in the development of hydrogen for a more sustainable future.

The Minister then met up with Stephane Richelmi once again, this time on the starting grid where the former Le Mans class winner was at the wheel of the H24, an electric-hydrogen prototype with which he competed in – and finished – four out of four Michelin Le Mans Cup events in 2022. LeBron James, starter of the Centenary race, posed for pictures in front of the H24 a few minutes before it set off for a lap of honour in front of more than 300,000 spectators!

What’s next?

A date for your diary: Viva Technology, the annual show devoted to technological innovation and start-ups, at Paris Expo (Porte de Versailles, Paris) from 14-17 June. There, the MissionH24 programme will showcase the future of Endurance and its hydrogen strategy for zero-carbon racing. A LMPH2G electric-hydrogen prototype will be on display.

MissionH24 celebrates the past by leading the way to the future

Racing fans attending the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans will be able to admire three hydrogen-powered vehicles belonging to the pioneering MissionH24 programme at the circuit this week. The programme, a joint venture between the ACO and GreenGT is working towards introducing a hydrogen class at the 2026 24 Hours of Le Mans, to popularise hydrogen as a clean, zero-carbon alternative to fossil fuels, for racing and on the road.

MissionH24 sets up camp in Le Mans on Monday, ready to take part in the fantastic centenary celebrations. Having clocked up 100 years’ experience, race organiser the ACO is not daunted by the prospect of reinventing the future of motoring, with climate change a major influence.

From Tuesday onwards, the three MissionH24 vehicles – two prototypes and a show car – will be on display at the circuit. Project partners Total Energies and Michelin will be hosting one each, and the third will be the focal point of the MissionH24 stand in the H2 Village. This year, a whole village is devoted to hydrogen, proving that MissionH24’s research and development has already been successful in convincing manufacturers to commit to a programme based on the energy. The Village officially opens at 16:00 on Wednesday 7 June.

Displays are great, but cars are meant to be driven. On Saturday, both racing prototypes will take to the track. At 12:23 the LMPH2G will offer a lucky passenger the chance to sample zero-carbon mobility first hand. Who is the mystery passenger? Watch this space for the announcement! 

As for the programme’s latest prototype, the H24 will be taking a lap of honour at 15:42 in the run-up to the start of the race of the century!

Hydrogen technologies to be welcomed at the 24 Hours of le Mans

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has been working on the introduction of hydrogen technologies to racing since 2018, with the aim of decarbonising motor racing and contributing to the much-needed energy transition.

Read the full press release : https://www.lemans.org/en/news/aco/hydrogen-technologies-to-be-welcomed-at-the-24-hours-of-le-mans-57458