The GreenGT Technologies team has announced that it has withdrawn its entry into the 2013 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The GreenGT H2, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, had been awarded the 'Garage 56' entry for a car displaying technical innovation, and was following in the footsteps of the innovative DeltaWing – which took the Garage 56 slot last year.
While the GreenGT machine carried out its first on-track run back in April, the team has taken the decision that the new car isn't yet ready to take up the challenge of a 24 hour endurance race and has withdrawn its entry as a result.
The withdrawal means that the #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Emmanuel Collard, François Perodo and Sébastien Crubilé has been promoted from the reserve list into the race.
“The technology of the GreenGT H2 is perfectly in line with the spirit of innovation that ACO intends to promote with Box 56,” Vincent Beaumesnil, Sports Director of the ACO, said. “It works, and the ACO was right in believing in the technological merits of this project.
“We do not regret having chosen the Green GT H2. There was a realistic possibility of seeing it at the Le Mans 24 Hours as the fuel cell, the fundamental element of the project, worked remarkably well. Basically the team didn't have enough time to develop the car, which simply lacked adaption to racing. In its place we're delighted to welcome the ProSpeed team, which is back for its fourth outing in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The 2013 field is now complete: its overall high-quality promises a remarkable anniversary race.
”We will continue to support this initiative and, together with GreenGT, we will soon announce a worldwide demonstration tour which will take place during the same week as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, possibly, an unranked presence at the start of a World Endurance Championship race, as the regulations allow the presence of this type of vehicle on the starting grid."
Jean-François Weber, Managing Director and Head of R&D of GreenGT, insisted that the decision to withdraw from Le Mans was the right one for the project.
"The GreenGT H2 is already showing great potential and has great scope for improvement. However, the complexity and cost of this unique model requires the use of extremely rigorous methods and very time-consuming new procedures.
”We are only at the beginning of this adventure, and it is essential for us not to cut corners and continue the development of that highly effective demonstration of hydrogen technology which is the GreenGT H2."
Elsewhere, the entry list for the race has been completed with the news that Matteo Malucelli will join Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni in AF Corse's lead GTE-Pro Ferrari.
Malucelli, who has been racing in the ALMS with the Risi Competizione team this season, won the GTE-AM class of the World Endurance Championship event at Spa at the wheel of the AF Corse-run 8 Star Motorsport Ferrari.