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Race car at Le Mans Photo: Dominique Breugnot, ACO
For the first time ever, race cars in this year’s Le Mans 24-hour endurance race were supplied with a 100% renewable fuel

Photo: Dominique Breugnot, ACO

For the first time in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance motor racing event’s history, the race cars were supplied with a 100% renewable fuel developed and produced by TotalEnergies.

The 62 race cars competing in the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which took place in France on 11–12 June 2022, were fuelled with ‘Excellium Racing 100’, a renewable zero-oil fuel that TotalEnergies says delivers at least a 65% reduction in CO2 emissions over its lifecycle.

 

Made from wine residues (grape marcs and lees), the motor sport fuel meets all the requirements of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), car manufacturers, drivers and the European directive on renewable energies (RED).

 

Commenting on the news, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies – who officially started the race – said: ‘[This is] a revolution for automobile racing… Biofuels have an important role to play in moving the transportation industry forward by immediately reducing its CO2 emissions. More than ever, this most demanding of endurance races is a testbed for TotalEnergies and a showcase for motorsports as a whole.’

 

Developing hydrogen mobility
In addition, as the hydrogen partner to the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the ‘H24 Racing’ team, TotalEnergies also provided a mobile hydrogen filling station at Le Mans to supply the ‘H24’ hydrogen prototype that will took part in the Road to Le Mans support races.

 

The H24 Racing project, developed jointly by ACO and electric-hydrogen specialist Green GT, plans to present an electric-hydrogen race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2025. 

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