After last year’s cancellation due to corona, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place July 8-11 and will include the debut of MissionH24’s LMPH2G hydrogen-powered endurance race car in the timed shootout. The MissionH24 project is supported by tire manufacturer Michelin and hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Symbio, a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia.
A top speed of over 300 km/h
The prototype will tackle the famous mountain track with an impressive 653 horsepower generated by four electric motors powered by a four-stack hydrogen fuel cell. Combined with the car’s lightweight chassis and aerodynamic characteristics, this power will enable the car to reach a top speed of over 300 km/h. Durability and handling are said to match the characteristics “expected of a high-level endurance race car,” according to a press release.
Michelin will unveil a revolutionary racing tire at Goodwood that is made from 46 percent sustainable raw materials, including recycled soot from scrap tires, orange and lemon peels, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from packaging. The French aim to make all tires from 100 percent sustainable materials by 2050. They already intend for 40 percent of all materials used in tires to be sustainable by 2030. Long-distance racing will serve as a laboratory for this to accelerate the development of sustainable high-performance tires. Project partner Symbio aims to produce 200,000 fuel cells per year by 2030.
Preparing for Le Mans
“The partnership with GreenGT H24 underscores Michelin’s drive for innovation and is the perfect vehicle to showcase Michelin’s 46 percent sustainable tires,” said Peyman Sabet, vice president of business development at Michelin Europe North. “Both groundbreaking developments honor the company’s commitment to sustainability without compromising on performance. We are delighted to bring MissionH24 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and are excited for fans to see it race on the hill.”
Next weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the first appearance in a race for the new hydrogen-powered car and will serve as part of the preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Le Mans organizer Automobile Club de l’Ouest and electric-hydrogen specialist GreenGT announced in 2018 that an electric-hydrogen category would be introduced at the 24-hour classic in 2024.
By the way, fans can admire the LMPH2G on the Michelin Supercar Paddock Live stage every day throughout the Goodwood Festival of Speed.