BMW considers hydrogen-fueled race car for LeMans

Rumors | June 11th, 2015 by 5
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A new report surfaces from the UK on BMW’s plans to build a radical hydrogen-powered fuel cell race car in 2018 for the LeMans race

Just days after BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt downplayed any plans to build an LMP1 car, a new report surfaces from the UK on BMW’s plans to build a radical hydrogen-powered fuel cell race car in 2018. Autocar says the evaluation is at an advanced stage, with tentative support from senior management as BMW prepares to pave the way to launch a hydrogen powered fuel cell production car around 2020.

The best way to showcase the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology and gain more credibility in the minds of potential car buyers, is to build a race car to compete in the iconic LeMans race. BMW already has a hydrogen-powered BMW 5 Series GT prototypes running, one that was supposed to be unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Just days after the concept car was pulled from the Detroit lineup, BMW announced that the testing in the near future of hydrogen-fueled cars.

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BMW is working in conjunction with Toyota on advancing the technology as fast as possible. The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai goes on sale this year.

Related: BMW Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept

It’s unclear at the moment whether BMW would enter the car at Le Mans in an established class, or as an experimental vehicle in the non-competitive ‘Garage 56’ category that has included Nissan’s electrically assisted Deltawing and ZEOD racers in recent years. Garage 56 entry may be seen as more effective way of entering the race and raising awareness without being immediately judged against its more established rivals in the LMP1 category (Audi and Porsche).

BMW took its sole victory at Le Mans in 1999, running the BMW V12 LMR Le Mans prototype that was built in conjunction with the Williams Formula 1 team.

5 responses to “BMW considers hydrogen-fueled race car for LeMans”

  1. Crux says:

    I think BMW Group & Toyota Group pretty much know for sure that FCV is the way to go. If they put an effort and get the infrastructure, & cost down. Tesla will have no choice but to fold into Space-X. They are done!

    • CDspeed says:

      Except this is still an unconfirmed rumor.

      • Crux says:

        Perhaps the race development part. But the FCV is not a rumor, its happening. Evidence is already production present with the hideous-super-ugly Mirai. Aesthetic aside. That is a brilliant tech both companies is going to push.

        • CDspeed says:

          Hydrogen isn’t as far along as you think, in fact they don’t even have the ability to be high performance in road cars yet. If you remember BMW was rumored to be bringing a hydrogen car to this year’s Detroit auto show, and then nothing happened. Most automakers are playing with hydrogen to keep every possibility open, so many are developing both technologies. Audi has officially announced a real Tesla competitor coming to this year’s Frankfurt auto show, so rumors have surfaced that BMW is about to do the same.

  2. Icebreakerr says:

    supercar coming

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