It has recently been announced that Red bull and Oreca will supply chassis for the Le Mans hydrogen class as they team up with the French constructor to introduce the new set at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024.
Red Bull’s proposal is set to provide the one-make chassis for the new category prototypes which will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The main organisers behind the Le Mans 24 Hours have stated that the British and French companies combined must undertake and deliver a highly detailed and feasible study for the entire concept and vision of the vehicle.
Now that Red Bull and Oreca will supply chassis. the Red Bull Advanced Technologies have expressed their excitement around this project. Christian Horner (the current CEO) put across that the Red Bull Advanced Technologies have been selected by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest in conjunction with their partner Oreca to create the concept of a hydrogen-powered endurance racing car for Le Mans. This fresh class at Le Mans 24 Hours is set to offer an exciting look into the fast approaching future of sustainable motorsport. It has been promised that this class will greatly advance the use of hydrogen in all forms of transportation, not to mention the exciting racing it is guaranteed to deliver.
Hugues de Chaunac, who is the head of Oreca, is fully confident that this new partnership will be a great success as Oreca enjoys pioneering change and new challenges. This opportunity will allow Oreca to fully showcase their talents in such an interesting project. The president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Pierre Fillon has expressed his full confidence that the involvement of both Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Oreca will become very appealing for other car manufacturers; in particular those who are frequent contributors to the hydrogen working group.
Currently Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Oreca are one of the four contributors that are licenced to produce LMP2 chassis and they will also join Plastic Optimum as they have been announced as their main supplier of fuel tanks for the new class. Another announcement is expected soon to provide some more clarity to whether manufacturers will be able to develop their own model of fuel cell technology or if they will have to utilise a common powertrain.
Nonetheless as Red Bull and Oreca will supply chassis for now, it will be an exciting journey to follow over the next number of months.
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