The Automobile Club de L'Ouest takes a unique approach to racing in the way it sets the rules for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Normally the race has 55 starters, but the organizers have long reserved a 56th starting position for technically interesting newcomers and recently, the ACO has focused on efficiency for that extra runner.
Today, the ACO announced that in 2013, the 56th spot will be taken up by the GreenGT H2. What makes this car unique is indicated by the H2 name as in hydrogen!. GreenGT is building a fully electric sports prototype powered by a 340 kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell and a pair of electric motors with a combined output of 400 kW. Although there is no mention of it, there will almost certainly be a battery on board for regenerative braking and extra acceleration boost.
If this thing is successful it will provide a big boost to the wave of fuel cell road cars that have been announced byand !
Auto News – 24 Heures du Mans 2012 – The 56th Pit Box in 2013 will be for the GreenGT H2 – LeMans.org
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