The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is working with the main players in endurance, the manufacturers and technical partners, on the creation of a category reserved for electric-hydrogen-powered prototypes at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. MissionH24 and their team H24Racing are trialling the best technical and sporting solutions to compete in this category.

TOWARDS NEW REGULATIONS

Bernard Niclot, Director of Innovation Mission H24 programme:
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the 24 Hours of Le Mans are taking up a trail-blazing challenge with the 2024 regulations: namely, accepting a new form of energy in racing. Safety, storage, refueling and performance all have to be factored in.

From hybrid to hydrogen

When hybrid prototypes were accepted for the 24 Hours of Le Mans there was a remarkable reduction in fuel consumption. A revolutionary step is now being taken with electric-hydrogen-powered prototypes – zero emission racing! A car propelled by a electric-hydrogen powertrain rejects only water vapour into the atmosphere.”
Bernard Niclot, Director of Innovation Mission H24 programme

Bernard Niclot: « The cars that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans have to be quick robust prototypes that can cover around 5000 km in the race itself thanks to substantial economy, quick refueling stops, etc. With hydrogen all these aims are achieved as is a new, essential element - decarbonised mobility! »

Bernard Niclot

Bernard Niclot, Director of Innovation Mission H24 programme

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