A further major piece in the jigsaw for the ACO’s 2024 Hydrogen class for the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours has fallen into place this morning as GreenGT are named as sole powertrain supplier for the hydrogen prototypes. Competitors in the new class will be free to choose the fuel cell stack for their cars.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest describes Swiss outfit GreenGT as a pioneer in high-density electric-hydrogen-powered systems. The company joins Plastic Omnium (fuel tanks) and Red Bull-Oreca (chassis) as a technological supplier for the new endurance racing class. The ACO has been working in partnership with GreenGT on their Mission24 technology demonstrator programme since 2018 (the development car is pictured top).
GreenGT will supply the powertrain for each of the cars entered in the hydrogen category, including the battery, engine, and transmission.
The fuel cell stack, the core of hydrogen technology (fuel cell, power control hardware and software, compressors, and cooling system) will be open to development by the teams.
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “The forthcoming hydrogen class is really taking shape. GreenGT was an obvious choice for us. We had already been working together for several years and the expertise we have built up thanks to the MissionH24 project will benefit the teams that enter the class. We know where we want to go, and with excellent companions to help us on the way, the ACO is determined to achieve the goal of making a real contribution to sustainable mobility.”
Christophe Ricard, president of GreenGT: “Just over two years ago, the ACO and GreenGT launched MissionH24 with a view to introducing a hydrogen category at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, we are proud to be joining prominent automotive experts Oreca, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Plastic Omnium as the supplier for the class. The challenge is great, as is our determination to meet it.”