Race cars at Le Mans fueled by renewable fuel made from wine residue

June 14, 2022
The zero-oil fuel is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 65% over its lifecycle

Competing cars at the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans were supplied with 100% renewable fuel from TotalEnergies, the Excellium Racing 100. The 24 Hours of Le Mans was held on 11 June and 12 June 2022.

The Excellium Racing 100 is a zero-oil fuel made from wine residues. The use of this renewable fuel was estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 65% over its lifecycle. Excellium Racing 100 is a racing fuel that meets the requirements of the FIA, car makers, drivers and the European directive on renewable energies.

Additionally, TotalEnergies set up a mobile hydrogen filling station at the Le Mans to supply the “H24” hydrogen prototype, which was used in the Road to Le Mans support races. Project “H24 Racing” was jointly developed by Automobile Club de l'Ouest and electric-hydrogen specialist Green GT.

"As Automobile Club de l'Ouest's partner, TotalEnergies is proud to supply the competitors of the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 100% renewable fuel. It's a bit of a revolution for automobile racing and a tangible sign of TotalEnergies strategy to help its customers and partners get to net zero. Biofuels have an important role to play in moving the transportation industry forward by immediately reducing its CO2 emissions. More than ever, this most demanding of endurance races is a testbed for TotalEnergies and a showcase for motorsports as a whole. It's a privilege for me to officially start the race!" said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies.