24h Le Mans
What is Mission H24?
Mission H24 aims to introduce hydrogen-powered racing cars to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024, when a special hydrogen class will be created for a zero-emission race. An array of technologies have been launched and tested at Le Mans over the years.
This latest challenge seeks to speed up research and development around this new fuel type, with the ultimate aim of taking it from track to the road to achieve zero-carbon mobility.
The ACO has always been driven by its love of racing but the organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans never loses sight of its responsibilities. Hydrogen is a public-interest choice: it is a global challenge that addresses some of the major issues of our time, such as urban air pollution and the need to find new sources of fuel to replace conventional hydrocarbons.
Mission H24 is not unlike the Apollo programme launched in the United States in 1961 and which, after a series of test flights, achieved its goal of putting men on the moon in 1969. Similarly, there will be several milestones to reach before hydrogen-powered cars can race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024. Mission H24 will be officially launched at Spa Francorchamps, the setting for the fifth round of the 2018 ELMS (European Le Mans Series) on 22 September.