Toyota to Race Hydrogen Fuel Powered Car at Le Mans

Toyota has announced that from 2026 onward it will race a hydrogen-fueled prototype at Le Mans in the new hydrogen category (H2) class for vehicles.

At a recent press conference, Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Akio Toyoda revealed for the first time the hydrogen engine vehicle prototype “GR H2 Racing Concept”.

Developed with future competition in its sights, the prototype’s unveiling was spurred by a recent announcement by the ACO, the organiser of Le Mans 24 Hours, that it would allow hydrogen-engine vehicles to compete―in addition to fuel cell electric vehicles―in the race’s hydrogen category.

Toyota has been competing using a hydrogen-engine Corolla in the Super Taikyu Series since Round 3 of the 2021 season and raced the same car in the Idemitsu 1500 Super Endurance 2022 at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit in December 2022.

By doing so, it has been honing its technologies in the harsh environment of motorsports and, with like-minded partners in and outside the automotive industry, accelerating its efforts for producing, transporting, and using hydrogen toward the realization of a carbon-neutral society.

“Le Mans is a place where we not only compete in one of the world’s most celebrated races but a place where we can push the boundaries of technology – a place where we can realize the future.,” said Toyoda.

“We look forward to our new GR H2 race car in view of the new Le Mans H2 class in the future. My goal is to achieve carbon neutrality in motorsports without sacrificing anything in terms of performance or excitement. The sound, the torque, the dynamics, it’s all there. Not only are we re-imagining the race car, we’re doing it with zero emissions.”