A year ago, at Spa-Francorchamps, on the occasion of the round of the European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 2018, MissionH24 was launched at the initiative of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT, to promote competitive hydrogen.
The LMPH2G, prototype electric-hydrogen, laboratory car, then realized, only on the track, a demonstration tour to demonstrate the development potential and security of this technology.
On 20 September 2019, during the 5th round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, at the meeting of ELMS in Spa-Francorchamps, MissionH24, joined by a reference partner, Total, deployed the progress of its research: the LMPH2G, entrusted to the H24Racing team which gradually transforms it into a racing prototype, begins its development in competition. The car participated in the two free practice sessions of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. A test allowing the LMPH2G to evolve for the first time at the heart of an international event, in a racing environment, immersed in the middle of the competition of the series.
During these two free practice sessions, the LMPH2G was refueled using the first hydrogen mobile station dedicated to the competition, designed by Total. A world first!
Nathalie Maillet, director of the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, was delighted to welcome this weekend, MissionH24 and the electric-hydrogen prototype, LMPH2G, a year after the demonstration on the Belgian circuit of this machine 0 emission, on the occasion already in the round of the European Le Mans Series.
Present at the refueling of the LMPH2G at the first hydrogen mobile station dedicated to the competition, designed by Total, Nathalie Maillet, Circuit Director of Spa-Francorchamps said: “We are very pleased to be able to celebrate our anniversary with MissionH24, ACO, and GreenGT. Indeed, a year ago, on the occasion of the round of the European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, we had been chosen by the ACO to host and present this hydrogen project: we had attended a demonstration of an electric-hydrogen prototype, the LMPH2G on our circuit. This year, we are continuing this long-term project, with the introduction of the car on the track, for the first time with other competitors, in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. And for this anniversary, we have another milestone: the first hydrogen mobile station dedicated to competition, developed by Total, which will allow the refueling of the LMPH2G. It’s an event for our circuit. I must acknowledge that we are particularly proud and we would like to thank the CAO for continuing this deployment. Our circuit, a green setting, is part of everyday life in the research and development of new technologies, especially those working for the respect of our environment, the planet.
In our daily approach, we are obviously vigilant to our carbon footprint, we are responsible and aware of the issues. With this Hydrogen project, we are progressing as pioneers, which means anticipating, thinking, implementing procedures adapted to new conditions, particularly in terms of safety. We carefully followed all the authorization and permit procedures. We are also working on real estate projects, concerning the energy of our buildings, with companies also dealing with hydrogen. I am delighted with this first, to see this car rolling, the sound so special, which is also a plus for the sound balance of our circuit. “