The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced that the proposed Hydrogen category for the FIA World Endurance Championship will debut a year later than expected, with it being now set to be introduced in 2025.

While the proposed concept meant prototype hydrogen fuel cell cars capable of winning Le Mans in an overall win, there has been a lack of serious manufacturer commitment for the Mission H24 project, through which the concept was to be introduced.

“Mission H24 is an illustration of our commitment to a decarbonized motorsport,” said Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

“Because of COVID, we have had delays to our progress, so we have decided to move it back a year.”

Despite the hurdle, Fillon assured that there is still value for the project and that there are “ambitious programs” with partners to ensure the smooth rollout of hydrogen in the near future.

So far, Mission H24 led to an LMP3-based hydrogen fuel cell prototype with partners Michelin, Green GT, Adess, and TotalEnergies, with two generations of prototypes being developed to date.

“It’s new technology — it’s no bed of roses and we knew this,” Fillon added.

“We have ambitious programs with specialists like Michelin, Total, Red Bull Advanced, ORECA, and are working on the rollout of hydrogen.”

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