Hydrogen Fuel Cell Race Car to Hit the Le Mans Track in 2013
11 Jun 2012
When thinking about a fuel cell car, you might envisage an SUV, a sedan or perhaps a quirky city car. What one doesn’t normally think of is a race car, but that is exactly what has been built by GreenGT with its GreenGT H2 competition car.
With a chassis custom-designed by the Welter Racing team, the prototype car features a 340 kW high temperature PEMFC, equivalent to 460 horsepower, the power of which is fed into a twin-engine powertrain rated at 400 kW, equivalent to 540 horsepower. The 340 kW fuel cell system comprises 18 20 kW stacks developed by SymbioFCell, the unused stack is presumably for redundancy. Hydrogen is stored in two 350 bar composite tanks on the sides of the chassis; the car will last for 40 minutes per fuelling and has a top speed of approximately 300 km/186 miles per hour.
The GreenGT H2 was shown off at the Le Mans 2012 Test Day on the 3rd of June and it has subsequently been confirmed by the organisers that the car will appear at next year’s endurance race in the Garage 56 slot designated especially for experimental cars.
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