During Hyvolution 2024, MissionH24 revealed its hydrogen-powered, performance vehicle prototype H24EVO, will begin racing in 2025.
Set to potentially feature in Le Mans 2025, MissionH24’s Technical Director, Bassel Aslan, stated the next generation vehicle will be official tested by the end of this year (2024), or the start of 2025.
MissionH24 is a joint venture between the ACO and GreenGT, aimed to promote hydrogen in racing, and is a collaborative project between various partners.
Aslan said, “We managed in Le Mans 2022 to make a speed record up to 292km per hour, although our target was 300 km per hour, but because of rain we didn’t manage this. We are confident we can reach this.”
He added that it is not MissionH24’s aim to reach the podium beforehand, but to successfully finish the race. However, Aslan added, “Our third step is the performance. We can’t continue running without showing this car can be competitive.”
He spoke about the challenges hydrogen-powered racing teams, like MissionH24, face on the track. “It’s not easy to have all the constraints of the technology and then bring it alongside traditionally fuelled cars. We have additional challenges in racing to other competitors” he said.
“In the race you are exposed to high consumption and high demand performance, and then unexpected conditions, like an accident. The fuel cell cooling is vital, and in the event of the car reducing the speed it will affect the cooling, and this needs to be addressed quickly.”
The safety aspects of the vehicle are also important. MissionH24 works with ACO and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to make sure everyone involved – from racers to attendees and security – are safe.
Fuel cell manufacturer Symbio provide the fuel cell system for MissionH24. The system is the latest generation and still in development, with 50% higher efficiency that the previous system, going up to 650kW. Aslan said, “It’s a huge amount of power that we hope gives us the performance we’re hoping for.”
Serge Grisin, Symbio’s Motorsport Director, said, “Motorsport is very interesting for us. It will accelerate the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technology.” He added that the system will also be available for trucks, as both heavy-duty vehicles and performance vehicles share similarities. “Both need high power and need to optimise the weight of the fuel cell system for performance.”
He added that MissionH24 is “an interesting accelerator for the technology.”
The vehicle boasts two tanks, handling 700bar hydrogen, with 7.9kg of hydrogen stored in the vehicle. “This allows us to have an autonomy of around 25 minutes,” said Aslan.
TotalEnergies built a station to refuel the vehicle, and therefore support MissionH24’s objective. Despite the facility still being in development, it is aiming to reach a refuelling time of two minutes.
Aslan added, “Partners are huge in bringing hydrogen technology to the endurance championship.”
Both TotalEnergies and Air Liquide recently established TEAL Mobility, an equally owned hydrogen refuelling business. H2 View caught up with TEAL’s Marketing and Communications Manager at Hyvolution 2024, who claimed the network will allow shippers and carriers to find hydrogen refuelling infrastructure throughout their long-haul journeys.
Hydrogen driving motorsports towards sustainability
Worth $5.11bn in 2022 and projected to reach a valuation of $7.47bn by 2028, the motorsports industry is in race to reduce its emissions and secure its future – with hydrogen’s role increasingly edging to the forefront of plans.
he pinnacle of motorsports, Formula 1 (F1), amassed an average viewership of 1.11 million per race in the 2023 season, whilst the viewing figures for the first 12 races of the 2023 season in MotoGP saw a 20% audience increase from 2022, proving the scale of the motorsports market.
In 2019, F1 launched its Net Zero Carbon by 2030 initiative, after an extensive report into the championship’s environmental impact found it was responsible for generating 256,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions during the 2019 season.
F1’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA), established seven new engine regulations from 2026, such as F1 power units running on fully sustainable fuels, which has been researched and tested by the organisation and its partner ARAMCO.
Electric off-road racing competition, Extreme E, signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FIA in August (2023), with intentions to establish the first hydrogen-powered racing world championship, Extreme H.
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