Red Bull Advanced Technologies has partnered with French constructor ORECA to manufacture the chassis for the new hydrogen class set to be introduced at the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours.
A sister company of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, which is also co-developing the Aston Martin Valkyrie Road Car, has collaborated with ORECA to win a bid to provide a one-make chassis for a new category of hydrogen-powered prototypes. It was. Fuel cell.
According to a statement from the Le Mans organizer, the Automobile Club de l’Ocee France, the first task of a British and French company is to “perform and provide a detailed feasibility study of the vehicle concept.”
Christian Horner, CEO of RBAT, said: “We are pleased that Red Bull Advanced Technologies has been selected as ACO with our partner ORECA to develop the concept of Le Mans’ hydrogen-powered endurance race car.
“RBAT, along with extensive experience in other state-of-the-art vehicle programs, is qualified to tackle the challenges set by ACO with access to many tools used in the design and development of Red Bull Racing F1 cars.
“Le Mans’ hydrogen class gives us a glimpse into the future of sustainable motorsport and promises both to promote the use of hydrogen in transportation and to provide exciting racing.”
Hugues de Chaunac, the boss of ORECA, said: “ORECA enjoys challenges and pioneering changes and can fully demonstrate its talents in such an attractive company.”
Pierre Fillon, president of ACO, is also one of the four contractors licensed to manufacture LMP2 chassis with the involvement of RBAT and ORECA, “more from automakers, especially those who regularly contribute to the Hydrogen Working Group. I’m sure it will be of interest. “
RBAT and ORECA have joined the already announced Plastic Optimum as a supplier of new classes of fuel tanks.
The powertrain for the new car will be announced shortly.
It is unclear at this stage whether manufacturers can develop their own fuel cell technology or have to use a common powertrain.
For the past three years, ACO has been working with the GreenGT organization for new classes under the Mission H24 banner.
We started the initiative in the Spa European Le Mans Series Round in September 2018, demonstrating the LMP H2G prototype based on the ADES SLMP3 car with fuel cells that power four electric motors.
He then demonstrated at the Furleman Circuit during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019, and later in the year participated in the free practice of the Le Mans Cup event on the ELMS bill at the spa.
A new version of the mobile testbed, also based on the ADES SP3 design, was exhibited at the Le Mans World Endurance Championship Round, which was rescheduled last September.
The intent is that the car will eventually race at an ACO-approved event as part of a new class of data collection exercises.
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