24h Le Mans
MissionH24 returns to compete at Spa-Francorchamps with the H24
MissionH24 is heading back to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit where it got its start. It will be the first foray into competition for the H24 hydrogen-electric prototype successor to the LMPH2G launched in 2018 with the program initiated by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT.
MissionH24 and Spa-Francorchamps maintain a strong relationship as it was on the track in the Belgian Ardennes in September 2018 that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT kicked off a program aimed at preparing the arrival of hydrogen-electric prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. MissionH24's first laboratory car, the LMPH2G, subsequently performed its first public laps there.
The following year, also at Spa, the LMPH2G took part in its first event by hitting the track for the Michelin Le Mans Cup free practice during an ELMS race weekend.
After a year on hold due to the global pandemic, MissionH24 will return to Spa on 17 September for a new chapter in its legacy. The H24, a competition hydrogen-electric prototype successor to the LMPH2G, is set to participate in its first race weekend, once again within the ELMS calendar, by taking the track in the Michelin Le Mans Cup free practice with the other cars. It will be a true mechanical and sporting test for this prototype that only has a few hundred kilometers of private testing under its belt and whose first public outing was at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last August.
Stéphane Richelmi is one of three performance development drivers for MissionH24 along with Norman Nato and Stoffel Vandoorne. He will look to rack up as many laps as possible for comparison with those completed during preceding participations.
The car will be refueled with hydrogen at the TotalEnergies mobile station installed for the first time in pit lane, thereby allowing refueling under the same conditions as a conventional propulsion prototype.
For more info, go to the official MissionH24 website.