France: French team to drive a biomethane vehicle at Le Mans 2017

The renowned Le Mans 24-hour race for 2017 will have a new entry in the experimental category, in the form of a liquefied biomethane powered hybrid vehicle.

French Welter Racing (WR), based in Thorigny sur Marne, Île-de-France, champions the vehicle. This project, led by the WR team whose first participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans began in 1976, aims to use biomethane from waste disposal to deliver a zero-CO2-impact race and demonstrate this form of renewable energy is worthy of inclusion at the highest level of motor racing.

Preparations are being supervised by engine designer Jean Pierre Boudy, who is keen to demonstrate that biomethane promises a major advance in energy efficiency. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank, capable of storing the liquefied biomethane at -162 degrees, will be fitted inside the closed design of the Le Mans racer.

Source: NGV Global
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