Red Bull and Oreca collaborate on Mission H24 chassis design

Red Bull Advanced Technologies has collaborated with Oreca on a chassis design concept for Mission H24 targeting the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO – governing body for Le Mans 24 Hours) has confirmed this new partnership that targets a future Hydrogen class at the famous endurance event.

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, reacted on grasping the experience of Oreca, and the business of Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

“The ACO will benefit from extensive endurance racing experience combined with cutting-edge technology to guarantee outstanding performance in its hydrogen class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.”

Red Bull Advanced Technologies CEO, Christian Horner, commented:

“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.

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“The Hydrogen Class at Le Mans offers an exciting glimpse,” he said on hydrogen’s dual-purpose objective of sustainable mass transportation and thrilling racing spectacles.

The Mission H24 initiative looks to form a new pathway for future endurance prototypes, projecting an electric-hydrogen powertrain as an ideal for zero-carbon racing.

This partnership brings the experience of Oreca, an established chassis and car constructor in endurance 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 (supplier of hydrogen fuel tanks) and Green GT.

“Collaboration is vital,” he says to successfully kickstart a Hydrogen class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, preceded by LMH and LMDh competitors.

So far, the LYMPH 2G as the current edition is known as, has competed in selected Michelin Le Mans Cup rounds amongst LMP3s and GT3s.

Upcoming WEC Season 9 (and Season 7 Formula E) drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Norman Nato were recently announced as committed development drivers in Mission H24.

The first objective in this new partnership will be to provide a feasibility study for the vehicle concept itself.