Le Mans

Hydrogen-powered cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans ? "2027 is more realistic"

24 Heures du Mans
9 Nov. 2023 • 13:00
Thibaut Villemant
Due to unconfirmed safety-related decisions, it now seems unlikely that a hydrogen-powered car will take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2026.
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Last June, Hydrogen was once again at the heart of discussions at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a Hydrogen Village and the presentation of the Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept. Although the Japanese manufacturer did not give a date for its arrival, there were whispers that the objective was a first appearance by 2026.


Since then, however, the FIA has been looking into a number of thorny safety issues, including the location of the tanks. Previously located on either side of the cockpit (hence the single-seater), they will now have to be positioned behind it. This means that the Japanese manufacturer will have to rethink its design.


In Bahrain, we asked ACO President Pierre Fillon if 2026 was still the objective, he replied : "2027 is more realistic. We (the ACO and the FIA) spent quite a lot of time on everything to do with safety. It took longer than expected."


And at the same time, it's going to happen very, very quickly...


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