Total becomes a partner in hydrogen-powered race car project

Total becomes a partner in hydrogen-powered race car project

Total has become a partner in MissionH24.

Aiming to promote the use of hydrogen in racing, the project, led by partners the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and GreenGT, has the ultimate goal of introducing hydrogen prototypes at Le Mans, the 24-hour race in France, in 2024, when a special hydrogen class will be created for a zero emission race.

Total will provide the hydrogen fuelling system for MissionH24. The specially designed compact portable filling station fits in a 6 x 2.5 metre shipping container that can be transported to circuits around the world, ready to fuel the LMPH2G’s future endeavours on the racing track.

The mini filling station houses a hydrogen tank, a multi-stage compressor, a cooling system and a distributor/connector to dispense the fuel.

The system currently feeds hydrogen at 350 bars. The intention is to reach 700 bars, in line with the development of the car. The filling station was specifically designed to meet the constraints of endurance racing in terms of rapidity, with safety the number one priority.

At a press conference held at the circuit in Le Mans yesterday, Philippe Montantême, Senior Vice-President of Strategy Marketing Research at Total Marketing Services SA, said, “Total established a partnership with the ACO in 2018 and is official fuel supplier of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

“Our research and development team has been working closely with manufacturers for over thirty years, ensuring our products evolve in line with automotive technology and racing regulations.”

“Mission H24 gives us the opportunity to put together a customised package for the ACO/GreenGT joint venture – a hydrogen fuelling system that is both energy efficient and race worthy.”

ACO revealed its intention to create a hydrogen class for Le Mans 2024 last June (2018) at the 86th Le Mans 24 Hours.

“Things are now starting to happen,” enthused Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO. “We believe in hydrogen, just like we believed in hybrid technology and the introduction of a limited energy allocation. Today, hybrid cars are driven on public roads across the world.”

“Research is an ongoing concern for us as the organisers of the 24 Hours, and encompasses the fields of safety, performance, lower fuel consumption and environmental protection.”

“At the ACO, we have always worked alongside manufacturers and other stakeholders in the automotive sector, and we see Mission H24 as a genuine commitment to future mobility.”

“With assistance from Green GT, we will rise to this new challenge and will keep you regularly updated, at every step of the way to our ultimate goal in 2024.”


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