Earlier this year, ORECA Magny-Cours announced that they were developing their first hydrogen engine test bench. Looking to strengthen their project focusing on the upcoming H2 internal combustion engine expected to power vehicles entering the 2024 Dakar Rally, ORECA Magny-Cours have signed a technical partnership with FEV France, major engineering services provider in the field of vehicle and powertrain development.
With FEV’s support, ORECA Magny-Cours continue to carry out their project via studies centred around hydrogen supply and combustion. Those will allow them to meet their goals in terms of the power and autonomy that a Dakar Rally special stage requires. At the core of this partnership is an ambitious objective: to test a first version of the H2 engine on the bench in the second half of 2022, looking to have a version that is perfectly adapted to Dakar Rally conditions by 2024.
“ORECA continues to explore alternative energies in the context of sports, and most particularly hydrogen, which requires accelerated learning as to how it can be used in an internal combustion engine. There’re several challenges ahead of us. The first one consists in using this new energy in an efficient way. We’re confident that our partnership with FEV will allow us to better understand hydrogen combustion.” Serge Meyer, ORECA Magny-Cours Director
FEV France, Spain and North Africa President Nadim Andraos added: “FEV is already very much involved in the development of fuel cells for motorsport. By joining forces with ORECA, we’re taking on a new challenge: developing a hydrogen combustion engine. Our teams will be working on this in our test centre in Rouen (France), where we’ve got hydrogen combustion engine and fuel cell benches. This partnership allows us to confirm our position as a major player in future mobility solutions.”