The team behind the GreenGT H2 project have announced their withdrawal from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they were due to fill Garage 56.
Testing of the Hydrogen powered car will continue this month but the team admit that the complexity of the development of the hydrogen fuel cell means they will miss the race (June 22-23).
“First of all, we wish to thank ACO for its confidence in GreenGT,” said Jean–Michel Bouresche, sales and marketing director for the team. “Box 56 is a splendid initiative for encouraging innovative technologies. The GreenGT H2 fits perfectly into this scenario and, although the Le Mans 2013 event has come too soon for us, we are actively working with ACO on a worldwide presentation programme for the GreenGT H2.”
Sports director for the Auto Club de l’Ouest, Vincent Beaumesnil adds. “The technology of the GreenGT H2 is perfectly in line with the spirit of innovation that ACO intends to promote with Box 56. It works, and the ACO was right in believing in the technological merits of this project. But the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a high endurance event, and it is premature for the GreenGT H2 to take up this challenge.”
Beaumesnil added the ACO’s support to the project, supporting them in a tour of demonstration runs and leaving the way clear for the car to run unranked at a future FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) event.