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MICHELIN LE MANS CUP LMP3
Le Mans Prototype Series –
- Sustainable vehicles through consistent use of future technologies
- Development boost and technology transfer for series production
- Series combines the expertise of renowned and experienced manufacturers
The 24 Hours of Le Mans has always been regarded as a great playground for technological progress. Over the past almost one hundred years, various developments (e.g. hybrid technology) have been advanced around the endurance classic in western France that are now standard in the automotive world. This is to remain so in the future. For this reason, the Le Mans organizers decided a few years ago that hydrogen cars would also participate in the prestigious race from 2024.
In 2018, the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) finally teamed up with GreenGT to take the hydrogen theme even further. The collaboration resulted in a prototype called LMPH2G, which was based on an Adess LMP3. This vehicle had seen a number of demo appearances in the ACO environment over the years. In 2020, a successor was already presented, which goes by the name of MissionH24. This new prototype is also scheduled to make race appearances in 2021 as part of the Le Mans Cup.
Unlike many critics of the fuel cell, who do not believe the technology has any chance over battery-powered vehicles (BEVs) for the future of passenger cars, the initiative sees great potential: the electro-hydrogen technology is safe, reliable, and represents “one of the keys to the ecological transformation of the transportation industry.”
Green hydrogen mandatory
It is also already clear that it will be mandatory for hydrogen-class racing cars to run on 100 percent green hydrogen.
Also starting in 2023, the first LMP vehicle will be powered by a biogas engine, another environmentally friendly propulsion alternative.
Synthetic fuels can be used to massively reduce CO2 emissions. In developing the C.A.R.E. diesel, Bosch spoke of CO2 savings of 65 percent. As early as 2021, numerous Le Mans vehicles will be powered by e-fuels.
Motorsport is a development laboratory for these new technologies:
The move to environmentally friendly racing formats is inevitable: “Motorsport must renew itself and move ahead in climate neutrality and zero emissions. Above all, it must accelerate the development and deployment of these technologies. At Le Mans, that starts with the Zero Emission Valley category – amid the traditional field of hypercars, LMP2s and GTs.”
The LMP3 class is the start of the entry into the LE Mans world and already here the teams and engineers have to deal with the new technologies to be successful later on. It is a world in which simulation and testing have already addressed the issue of low emissions, and lightweight construction in particular plays an important role in fuel consumption.
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