The GreenGT H2 hydrogen race car has been unveiled at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. After years of development, the French constructor was proud to show the world a zero emission vehicle that achieves the performances of a GT car and has an autonomy comparable with race cars powered by an internal combustion engine.

The GreenGT H2 has been equipped with 2 x 160 litre, 350 bar, hydrogen tanks and the 18 stacks fuel cell delivers a linear power of 340kW. It could reach a maximum speed of 300 km/h and it weighs just 1240 kg.

The story began in 2009, when GreenGT first built a prototype battery-electric competition car of 300kW. They found autonomy a problem and therefore they added a 100kW hydrogen fuel cell to provide additional energy. As a result, a more powerful vehicle was soon developed and the company received the invitation to participate in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans as ‘Garage 56’ entry. GreenGT withdrawn from the event to further develop the GreenGT H2.

After another two years of work, the vehicle was ready to present to the public. “And following 35 days of tests, our development programme has given the technical team invaluable experience in the dynamic use of a high-powered hydrogen fuel cell,” explained Jean-François Weber, GreenGT’s Managing Director and Head of R&D. “We have focused our work on understanding the complex phenomena linked to this new technology and on building in the consequent technical solutions. By optimizing the components and programs, we have significantly improved the output and reliability of all the GreenGT H2’s systems.”

The development of the GreenGT H2 prototype and its approval have cost about 5 million euros. The firm considers it as a twofold objective: to point the way to the future of the hydrogen electric propulsion and to benefit from the experience for the series production of high power powertrains. They are targeting car manufacturers and petrochemical, gas and electricity distributors as they are in search and development of new technology.

The GreenGT H2 was unveiled by Olivier Panis. The former Formula 1 driver expressed his enthusiasm about cutting-edge technology: “The GreenGT H2 is a magnificent example of hydrogen electric technology that offers power and autonomy. This innovative, clean solution could be used in any vehicle requiring high levels of power: industrial vehicles, buses, trucks, etc. I’m delighted to be part of the adventure, as we’re only at the beginning of a new area and there are major developments still to come.”

GreenGT doesn’t have the intention to race the vehicle, as it considers the GreenGT H2 as a laboratory race car, showcasing the capabilities of the hydrogen electric drivetrain and the company’s expertise on this subject.

Engine
Type 2 experimental three-phases permanent magnet synchronous Brusa motors
Power 2 x 200 kW (544 hp). Rpm: 13.500 rev/min max.
Torque 4.000 Nm
Transmission
Mode Direct drive without clutch to the rear wheels
Type Patended electronic torque vectoring differential gearbox
Fuel cell
Type 18 stacks with linear power of 340 kW
Experimental “high performance” membrane
Optimised assembly with specific aviation-type lightweight elements
Elements optimised for a minimum target of 500 hours
Operation of the fuel cell without a buffer battery
Electronic control system specially designed for battery-free operation
Air supply 2 electric chargers
Fuel cell weight 320 kg
Hydrogen tanks 2 x 160 litre tanks made of carbon fibre and aluminium
Quantity of hydrogen stored: about 4 kg per tank (equivalent to 25 litres of petrol / gasoline), with an autonomy of about 40 minutes
350 bar high-pressure tanks with FIA approved built-in pressure reducer
Chassis
Body Double-body and crash box, made of carbon fiber composite, FIA approved
Bodywork Made of carbon fiber composite
Suspension Double steel wishbone and push rods front and rear
Brakes Brembo calipers with carbon discs and pads
Wheels BBS, front 11×18, rear 13×18
Dimensions (L/W/H) 4950 x 200 x 1200 mm
Electronics ‘Torque vectoring’ managed by a fully integrated module, based on racing type on-board CPU
Maximum speed 300 km/h
Weight 1240 kg
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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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