Michelin, Symbio develop hydrogen drive for endurance racing

Michelin, Symbio develop hydrogen drive for endurance racing

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Also involved in MissionH24 is the French oil company Total, which has been supporting the project since 2019 and has committed itself as a partner for five seasons. Together with Michelin and Symbio, the H24Racing racing team will thus receive support from three top-class companies. The new look made its first appearance at the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on 13/14 June, where the fuel cell racing car participated as lead and safety car.

The MissionH24 project was launched on the initiative of the Automobile Club de’l Ouest (ACO), which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and GreenGT, a pioneering company in the field of high-performance fuel cell systems and developer of the LMP H2G. The MissionH24 is intended to pave the way for the use of fuel cell powered electric prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a separate class from 2024.

The LMP H2G is the first Le Mans Prototype (LMP) based on fuel cells worldwide. It is scheduled to undergo a series of track tests during 2020 to fine-tune the overall package. As a partner in the MissionH24 project, Michelin will be actively involved in the development of propulsion solutions for the racing cars (and of course equip the H24Racing team with tyres). In particular, the project is expected to benefit from Symbio’s expertise in the field of fuel cell systems. Joint venture partner Faurecia has been working with GreenGT for more than 10 years, which has given the company an insight into the technical challenges of motor sports.

Symbio has set itself the goal of becoming a global leader in the field of hydrogen mobility. The experience gained in motor sports will be of great benefit to the company. After all, according to Symbio CEO Fabio Ferrari: “Car racing is not only an excellent field of experimentation to further extend the limits of fuel cell technology, but also an effective platform to make the public aware of the potential of this form of emission-free mobility.”

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