Michelin’s hydrogen-powered endurance racing car to debut at Goodwood Festival

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Tire maker Michelin will showcase a hydrogen-powered racing car at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the aim of entering it in the electric-hydrogen category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.

The runner, nicknamed LMPH2G, is powered by a four-cell hydrogen fuel cell that sends power to four electric motors. Michelin says it produces a combined power of 653 hp with a top speed of over 185 mph.

The firm will also present a new racing tire made from 46% sustainable materials. The tire is made from recycled carbon from end-of-life tires, orange and lemon peels, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from packaging.

“Michelin is committed to making all of its tires with 100% sustainable materials by 2050 – and by 2030, 40% of all materials used in the group’s tires will be sustainable,” the company said.

The company also said it will use endurance racing as a laboratory to accelerate the development of durable, high-performance tires, in partnership with hydrogen company Green GT.

“This partnership underlines Michelin’s desire for innovation and it is the ideal vehicle for integrating Michelin’s 46% sustainable tires,” said Peyman Sabet, vice-president of business development for Michelin Europe North.

“These two pioneering developments honor the company’s commitment to sustainability, without compromising performance. We are delighted to bring [the LMPH2G car] at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​and really thrilled the fans could see it on the hill, ”said Sabet.

The car will take part in the famous Goodwood Hill Climb and will be on display on the stage of the French firm’s paddock at the Festival of Speed.

It was built in a joint venture with the French spare parts giant Faurecia, which owns with Michelin Symbio, a producer of hydrogen fuel cells. The company aims to produce 200,000 fuel cells per year by 2030.

Jack Warrick, Coach United Kingdom

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