Hydrogen LMP2 car unveiled at Spa
The Spa round of the European Le Mans Series saw the unveiling of the hydrogen-powered GreenGT prototype, with the developmental car completing a number of laps at the Belgian circuit. The prototype racer also completed a pitstop to demonstrate the safety of the hydrogen technology.
The experimental LMP2HG is part of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s plans to have hydrogen-powered zero-emission cars on the grid in a special class at Le Mans in 2024. This, says ACO president Pierre Fillon, demonstrates the club’s belief in hydrogen technology.
“Things are now starting to happen. We believe in hydrogen, just like we believed in hybrid technology and the introduction of a limited energy allocation,” he said. “Today, hybrid cars are driven on public roads across the world.
“At the ACO we have always worked alongside manufacturers and other stakeholders in the automotive sector and we see Mission H24 as a genuine commitment to future mobility. With assistance from GreenGT we will rise to this new challenge.”
The hydrogen racer is based on the ADESS 03 LMP3, and features two electric motors on each rear wheel, which are powered by electricity from the car’s hydrogen fuel cell. This system serves up around 650 bhp, which can be boosted for 20 seconds by as much as 335 bhp courtesy of its energy-retrieval systems. The car shown off at Spa is a development of the car which was due to take the Garage 56 slot on the Le Mans grid in 2013.
“We have been convinced about the potential of hydrogen for several years now and have developed sound experience and recognised expertise in the field, added GreenGT Technologies chief executive Jean-Michel Bouresche. “Speeding up the research process via motorsport is a challenge that we are enthusiastically – but realistically – ready to accept.”