Hydrogen crew to step on the gas

The experimental hydrogen-powered GreenGT prototype sportscar could race this year, paving the way for a class dedicated to the fuel source to compete at Le Mans for 2024.

The GreenGT LMP2HG prototype first ran at Spa-Francorchamps last season when it completed a demonstration session during the European Le Mans Series round in September.

The car – running under the MissionH24 banner – utilises an LMP3 chassis fitted with a 650bhp hydrogen fuel cell and energy retrieval system. It has been designed to inspire further hydrogen projects ahead of a push to bring the zero-emissions technology to Le Mans.

Off the back of the successful Spa test, GreenGT is looking for opportunities to run the machine in anger this season.

Le Mans organiser, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, said it would support a competitive debut this term, with its sporting director Vincent Beaumesnil saying: “It is important to bring this technology into competition as we prepare for 2024. We have the possibility to have a Garage 56-type experimental entry in all our series and we are looking for the best option.”

Current options for GreenGT could be the Michelin Le Mans Cup, or ELMS itself.

Garage 56 has been a staple of Le Mans in recent years, featuring hybrid, biofuel and electric entries previously.

GreenGT originally constructed a hydrogen machine back in 2013, but that car – the H2 – only ever did a demonstration lap of La Sarthe driven by Olivier Panis in 2016.

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