Posted on June 17, 2016

Michelin is the technology partner of the first hydrogen car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

For the first time in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans a car powered by an electric hydrogen system lapped the circuit during the break in the official qualifying session.

On Thursday 16 June at 21:15, the Green GT H2 took to the track for the 13.629 kilometer lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit driven by Olivier Panis, the development driver and brand ambassador.

Always at the forefront of innovation and driving progress in the field of sustainable mobility, Michelin is today not only the tire supplier of the Green GT, but also a technology partner and shareholder in Symbio FCELL which developed the hydrogen system in close collaboration with Green GT.

"Bearing in mind Michelin’s commitment to mobility, it is logical that Michelin supports Green GT and the H2, which is not only a race car but also a high performance laboratory”, said Valérie Bouillon-Delporte, director of hydrogen innovation at Michelin.

Apart from its technological approach and performance, the Green GT H2 highlights the commitment, effort and vision that Michelin, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) have shown in their support for this project.

The Green GT H2, which has already driven a few laps on an urban circuit at the first Formula E ePrix of Paris on 23 April, is equipped with MICHELIN S8L slick tires and P2L rain tires supplied by Michelin's customer competition department. It will return to the track at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday 18 June at 12:40, for a second demonstration lap.

Green GT and Michelin are also working together on the development of another supercar intended for circuit use. The H2 Speed is a prototype designed by Pininfarina which is displayed at the Michelin hospitality structure inside the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, near Raccordement.

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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com