Le Mans: New Car and New Partners for MissionH24 electric-hydrogen-powered prototype
Sep 19th 2020 – Mission H24 is undertaking a new stage in its development. Its team H24Racing has unveiled a new car, the H24. The names of two new partners, the watchmaker Richard Mille and the Automotive Equipment Manufacturer, Plastic Omnium, appear on its bodywork alongside those of Total and Michelin-Symbio.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is always the most important moment of the season for MissionH24. The programme developed jointly between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT to prepare for the future arrival of a category reserved for electric-hydrogen-powered vehicles at the 2024 – 24 Hours of Le Mans, unveiled a new car and new partners during the 24-Hours press conference.
Jean-Michel Bouresche, the MissionH24 Operations Manager and Team Principal of the H24Racing team that operates the programme’s vehicles in competition, and Norman Nato, the team’s development and performance driver, lifted the veil on the new prototype, the H24. It follows in the footsteps of the LMPH2G which, after two years’ private testing and two outings during race weekends (Spa and Portimao in 2019 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup) has ceded its place to this new car.
The H24 is an all-new electric-hydrogen-powered prototype that shares very few characteristics with the LMPH2G.
Externally, its bodywork, still developed by the Addess Company, is a complete rupture with that of the previous model. Its shape reflects the gains obtained: improved aerodynamic performance and better cooling for the propulsion system.
Mechanically, the H24 has moved up to a new level. GreenGT has conceived and designed a new power unit whose core, the electric-hydrogen generator equipped with new Symbio bi-polar plates, delivers improved performance. The new battery equipped with Saft cells used in Formula 1 stores and delivers more energy. The number of electric motors has decreased from four to two; they spin twice as quickly and supply greater power with a substantial reduction in weight. Completing the ensemble is a new gearbox – more exactly a reducer – that’s more compact and lighter than the previous one, and an electronic braking system. And finally, all this has led to a substantial increase in performance thanks in particular to a weight loss of 150 kilos, which brings the H24 closer to the mass of a GT3.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans press conference also gave MissionH24 the opportunity to announce two new partners. Alongside Total and Michelin-Symbio the H24 now carries the colours of a passionate watch maker who’s crazy about cars, competition and innovation, Richard Mille, and one of the biggest Automotive Equipment Manufacturers in the world, Plastic Omnium. Thanks to the MissionH24 programme the French giant will be able to develop the first tank for racing cars at 700 bars!
Despite the appearance of the H24, the LMPH2G did a lap of honour alone on the big Le Mans circuit a few minutes before the start of the race at 14:30 for the competitors qualified for the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After the first phase of bench testing, in November the H24 is going to undertake a major programme of private testing on several circuits to prepare for the 2021 season.
More information on www.missionh24.fr