Last year, we showed you the GreenGT LMPH2 model that was invited to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, but did not race. Now that Green GT has nearly mastered its art of alternative fuel usage, it is set to enter its newest invention, the GreenGT H2, to the 2013 running of the Le Mans endurance race.
This H2 is nothing short of an impressive piece of work, as it boasts a pair of three-phase electric motors that each produce 200 Kw of power, which equals out to 544 horsepower reaching the rear wheels. What’s even more impressive is the astounding 4,000 Nm (2,950 pound-feet) of torque these motors create – no, that’s not a typo, two-thousand nine-hundred and fifty pound-feet. Being this is fully electric, we assume that this massive torque amount is instantly available.
Now, in order to run an electric motor, you need batteries, right? Not so fast. You’re forgetting about the oft-left-out fuel cell technology. The H2 uses a hydrogen fuel cell to produce the electricity the motors require. The only emissions produced are in the form of water vapor and heat.
You may think that the GreenGT will run away from the competition with its 2,950 pound-feet of torque and 544 horsepower, but you have to remember that this technology is still in production. The GreenGT H2 can only run for a solid 40 minutes at a time before needing its composite tanks refilled with hydrogen.
We’re excited to see the GreenGT H2 in action and this is really our front runner as the eventual replacement for gasoline power in auto racing. It may even wind up in personal cars too.
You know the world is coming into electric vehicles when there’s a company out there whose name spells it out for everyone. GreenGT has been around for a few years bringing us electric vehicles such as the 2009 GreenGT Sprint, the 2010 Citroën Servile, and the 2011 GreenGT 300. Its last project was the Green GT Electric Race Car Concept and we now hear that it has been whipped into a production version and invited to compete as an experimental car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012.
The GreenGT LMPH2 will incorporate all of the safety features found in the company’s previous models and will be built on an LMP chassis. It will be fueled by 12 kg of hydrogen in 700 bar high-pressure tanks which are on board the vehicle. This hydrogen will be fed into a fuel cell, and when combined with oxygen, will produce electricity to run the racer. The only emissions escaping it will be steam so the LMPH2 will be fully carbon neutral.
GreenGT will be presenting the first LMPH2 in the fall of 2011 to undergo testing before the big year ahead of them. This first model will feature a 100kW (134 HP) fuel cell that will then be followed with a 300kW (402 HP) fuel cell.
Hit the jump to watch veteran driver, Christian Pescatori, take a couple of laps in the GreenGT prototype. Pescatori will be driving the GreenGT racer throughout its developmental stages.
Don’t look now, but before you know it, electric cars might not be exclusively seen on public roads in the future.
Green GT, a Swiss-based automaker is in the process of developing an FIA-spec electric race car that, if all things come together, could drive its way into Le Mans sooner rather than later. Built with a carbon chassis and a fiberglass body shell, the Green GT has the look of a modern-day racer with an unusual performance twist. Instead of the standard petrol engine, the Green GT – if you haven’t figured it out by now – will be powered by two-phase synchronous motors each with 201 hp of power, producing a total output of 402 hp.
Just to prove that Green GT is dead serious about its intention in revolutionizing auto racing, the company recently held a presentation of the car under a Le Mans prototype with a Sprint body at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne with no less than FIA president Jean Todt to determine the performance and validity of the concept electric racer in a competitive setting.
Despite their demonstration, Green GT is still undergoing more testing and development. The plan now is to take advantage of the cold winter season to put the car under a series of cold-weather tests to further establish its performance and endurance capabilities.
We don’t know what the future’s going to hold for this car, but in a world where technology and innovation are moving at rapid speeds, don’t be surprised if this car becomes more than just a concept in the near future.
Have you ever wondered what a green GT racecar would look like, how would it sound and what would it smell like? Well we can help you with the first, thanks to Switzerland’s own GreenGT, one of the most revolutionary eco-conscious carmakers on the planet.
These images are of their first design study and represent what the racecar builder intends to enter in the 2011 24 Hours of LeMans. The best part is that in order to homologate the two intended models for competition, GreenGT will have to build 22 examples for the street. Take that Tesla, this will be a zero emissions all electric super car.
The GreenGT will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and capable of a top speed around 170 MPH. The electric engines will develop an initial 1475 lb-ft of torque until the vehicle reaches 100 MPH, and then decreasing to 590 lb-ft after that.