Michelin, Symbio develop hydrogen drive for endurance racing

June 16, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Michelin, Symbio develop hydrogen drive for endurance racing
In the course of decarbonization, hydrogen is expected to play an increasingly important role as an energy carrier for future mobility. Although the focus of hydrogen applications is seen primarily in the commercial vehicle sector, there is more to it than that: the tyre manufacturer Michelin intends to participate in the MissionH24 project through the Symbio joint venture with the automotive supplier Faurecia. The aim of this project is to use hydrogen-based fuel cell drives in long-distance races and thus promote emission-free mobility.

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.

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