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At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, a hydrogen-powered endurance race car will make its UK premiere.

The LMPH2G, created by MissionH24, will be showcased during the four-day event on the Michelin Supercar Paddock stage and will also compete in the world-famous hillclimb.

MissionH24 is a joint venture between Le Mans organizer Automobile Club de l’Ouest and electric-hydrogen expert GreenGT that was launched in 2018 with the goal of creating a hydrogen-powered vehicle class in 2024.

The LMPH2G generates a total of 653 horsepower with a four-stack hydrogen fuel cell that powers four electric motors. The lightweight chassis and aerodynamics assist in propelling the race car to a top speed of more than 185mph.

The LMPH2G “represents a substantial technological advance, backed by Michelin and Symbio, a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia.”

H24’s objective is to compete in the world’s greatest endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Additionally, Michelin will introduce a race tire composed of 46% raw materials, including carbon black from decommissioned tires, orange and lemon peel, sunflower oil, pine resin, and recycled steel from packaging.

Michelin’s goal is to have all of its tires made entirely of sustainable materials by 2050, and 40% of all materials used in tires across the group by 2030. The business intends to use endurance racing as a “laboratory” for developing sustainable, high-performance tires.

“The partnership with GreenGT H24 highlights Michelin’s drive to innovation and it is the perfect vehicle to feature Michelin’s 46 percent sustainable tires. Both pioneering developments honor the company’s commitment to sustainability, without compromising on performance. We are delighted to bring MissionH24 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and really excited that fans will be able to watch it take on the hill,” said Peyman Sabet, vice president of business development at Michelin Europe North.

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