Le Mans, June 10, 2022 – For the first time in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 62 cars at the start of the 90th edition (June 11-12, 2022) will run on 100% renewable fuel designed and produced by TotalEnergies : the Excellium Racing 100. This zero oil fuel will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 65% over its life cycle.
A world first for motor racing
The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the third round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and a monument to motorsport, is therefore contested for the first time with a 100% renewable fuel produced without oil. The Excellium Racing 100 is a major milestone in the partnership between TotalEnergies and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), whose energy and environmental transition strategies are in line with TotalEnergies’ ambition: to achieve carbon neutrality at horizon 2050, together with society.
A fuel made from agricultural waste
More than eighteen months of R&D were needed to develop this renewable fuel from waste and residues from viniculture: wine lees and grape marc. Excellium Racing 100 is a competition fuel that meets all the requirements of the FIA, manufacturers, engine manufacturers and the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
Developing hydrogen mobility
As a hydrogen partner of the ACO and the “H24 Racing” team, TotalEnergies will also deploy this year a mobile hydrogen refueling station dedicated to the “H24” hydrogen car prototype which will take part in the “Road to Le Mans”. The “H24 Racing” project developed jointly by the ACO and GreenGT, a specialist in electric-hydrogen solutions, aims to present an electric-hydrogen car at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2025.
“ As a partner of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, TotalEnergies is proud to provide competitors in this 90th edition with 100% renewable fuel. It’s a small revolution for car racing and concrete proof of TotalEnergies’ strategy to support its customers and partners towards carbon neutrality. Biofuels have an important role to play in advancing the transport sector by immediately reducing its CO2 emissions. The most demanding of automobile endurance races is more than ever a veritable laboratory for TotalEnergies and a showcase for motorsport as a whole. It is therefore a privilege for me to give the start! , declared Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.
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