2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed becomes lab for developing sustainable racer, tires

MissionH24’s groundbreaking hydrogen-powered endurance race car—the LMPH2G—made its UK debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed held this July 8 to 11.

The racer took on the world-famous hillclimb, and was showcased on the Michelin Supercar Paddock stage every day of the four-day event.

LMPH2G represents a significant technological development, backed by partners Michelin and hydrogen fuel cell maker Symbio—a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia.

The H24 has its sights set on the world’s premier endurance racing competitions, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Its four-stack hydrogen fuel cell powers four electric motors, creating a combined output of 653hp. This power, coupled with the car’s lightweight chassis and aerodynamic features, give it a top speed in excess of 185mph (300 kph), while allowing it to maintain the durability and handling performance expected of a high-level endurance racing vehicle.

Alongside the GreenGT H24, Michelin will be unveiling its revolutionary race tire made up of 46% sustainable raw materials, including recycled carbon black from end-of-life tires, orange and lemon peel, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from packaging.

Michelin has pledged to make all its tires with 100% sustainable materials by 2050—and by 2030, 40% of all materials used in tires across the group will be sustainable. Now, Michelin will use endurance racing as a laboratory to accelerate the development of sustainable, high-performance tires.

Peyman Sabet, vice president of business development at Michelin Europe North, said: “The partnership with GreenGT H24 highlights Michelin’s drive to innovation and it is the perfect vehicle to feature Michelin’s 46% sustainable tires. Both pioneering developments honor the company’s commitment to sustainability, without compromising on performance. We are delighted to have brought MissionH24 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and really excited that fans were able to watch it take on the hill.”

In combination with batteries, hydrogen fuel cells will be used to increase range and enable the development of green long-distance and urban travel. Symbio has targeted production of 200,000 fuel cells a year by 2030.

In 2018, Le Mans organizer Automobile Club de l’Ouest and electric-hydrogen specialist GreenGT announced that they would launch a hydrogen class of vehicles in 2024, in an initiative collectively known as MissionH24.

The Michelin Supercar Paddock also featured dozens of the world’s fastest, rarest and highest-performance cars. TV star Vicki Butler-Henderson and legendary racer Tim Harvey hosted the action, talking all things supercar on the interactive Supercar Paddock stage.

Watch Michelin’s video introduction of the LMPH2G here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxn7IVkr1aY