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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 Oleca 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:

“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.”

“Oreca enjoys challenges and pioneering changes, and we can fully express our talents in such an immersive company,” added Oreca boss Hugues de Chaunac. I did.

With the involvement of Oreca, one of the four licensed builders of the RBAT and LMP2 chassis, ACO President Pierre Fillon said, “More interest is drawn from automakers, especially those who regularly contribute to the Hydrogen Working Group. I’m sure.

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 FIA 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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