Red Bull partners with ORECA for Le Mans Hydrogen car project

Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Red Bull Advanced Technologies has partnered with French racing team and car constructor ORECA to design a new Hydrogen Class chassis for the 2024 Le Mans race.

The pair will collaborate on the design of the chassis concept for the next generation of hydrogen-fuelled cars, having been chosen as the winning bid to carry out the project by Le Mans organiser Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).

In parallel, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the high-tech external solution division of Red Bull Technology, will bring its Formula 1 expertise in aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, simulation technology and energy recovery optimisation to the project, which aims to further the sustainability of endurance racing. 

Red Bull Advanced Technologies CEO Christian Horner said: “I am delighted that Red Bull Advanced Technologies have been chosen by the ACO along with our partners ORECA to develop the concept of a hydrogen powered endurance racing car for Le Mans. 

“Red Bull Advanced Technologies are well equipped to take on the challenge set by the ACO having access to many of the tools used to design and develop the Red Bull Racing F1 car, along with significant experience on other cutting edge vehicle programs. The Hydrogen Class at Le Mans offers an exciting glimpse into the future of sustainable motorsport and promises both to advance the use of hydrogen in transportation, and also deliver exciting racing.”

Hugues de Chaunac, président du Groupe ORECA added: “We are proud that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has chosen us to work alongside Red Bull Advanced Technologies on this ambitious, forward-looking project. And we are excited to be working with the other project partners, among them Plastic Omnium and Green GT. 

“Collaboration is vital if we are to succeed in introducing a hydrogen class at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. ORECA enjoys challenges and pioneering change and we can fully express our talents in such an engrossing enterprise. With the LMH and LMDh classes, endurance racing is entering a fascinating new era. From a technical and sporting point of view it will have us on the edge of our seats.”

The two companies will undertake a feasibility study for the vehicle concept, and in that process will be joined by hydrogen fuel tank supplier Plastic Omnium and hydrogen engine manufacturer Green GT.