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Hydrogen Update: Regulatory Progress & H24 Car To Run Tomorrow

Work is progressing well towards 2024/5

The ACO’s proposed zero emissions regulations, currently due for 2024/25 are set to target performance levels for the new cars at the same level as the forthcoming revised ‘Hypercar’ ruleset.

That clarification was made my both Pierre Fillon, ACO President, and ACO Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil in response to numerous questions on the emerging scope, and progress towards a regulatory package that looks set to bring Hydrogen fuel-cell technology to sportscar racing’s top class by the middle of this decade.

Beaumesnil added that the pushing back of ultimate lap time at Le Mans to a targeted 3:30 contained within the current rejigging of the Hypercar proposal, a change principally designed to accommodate racing versions of roadgoing Hypercars alongside pure-bred racing prototypes in the new top class from 2020/21 would also have the spin-off benefit of making the performance window more achievable by new and emerging racing and automotive technology.

As for interest levels, Beaumesnil was very upbeat “Work is progressing well – we have people coming from all around the world for this working group – the last meeting was last Thursday (before Sebring) and we are progressing better than I expected on this.”

Several major OEMs have been reported as taking interest in the zero-emissions regulations with both BMW and Audi continuing to express an active engagement with the process.

Mission H24 Racer To Lap At Le Mans Tomorrow

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and newsgroup Ouest France will tomorrow co-host Les Assises de l’Automobile, a day-long nationwide conference of the automotive sector.

As part of the day’s proceedings MissionH24 and the LMPH2G prototype, the Adess LMP3-based car demonstrated last year at Spa-Francorchamps for the European Le Mans Series will be demonstrated again, this time on the Bugatti Circuit.

The H24 car appeared most recently at the Paris motor show, but its run tomorrow is intended to showcase future automotive technologies with a real-life demonstration to promote hydrogen as viable alternative energy for vehicles.

MissionH24, an association founded by the ACO and GreenGT last September, aims to introduce a class of hydrogen-powered cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.

The LMPH2G will, therefore, become the second prototype to run at Le Mans after the abortive 2015 Garage 56 entry from Green GT performed a demonstration lap of the full circuit in 2016 (below).

There is no news of whether the potential for the LMPH2G car to run in a race this year (the Michelin Le Mans Cup was suggested as being possible) has yet come to fruition.