The local Le Mans newspaper Le Maine Libre is reporting that Audi is preparing for a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans by 2022 with a hydrogen-powered prototype aimed at planned ‘zero emission’ regulations the ACO plans for 2024.
According to the newspaper, Audi Sport has been working on a secret program to that end. If true, this could see Audi return against other expected programs from companies such as BMW. The newspaper reports that Audi has already been working on the design of this new prototype and that it is already in an “advanced” stage.
This news comes just days after the confirmation of the ACO’s GreenGT H24 program at Spa Francorchamps. There, an LMP3 chassis with hydrogen power lapped the famed Belgian track, then demonstrated a full refueling pitstop.
Thus far, Audi has not commented on these rumors.