LA Auto Show: Acura shows drawings of a future fuel cell Le Mans racer

Diesel power is the hot ticket at Le Mans right now after the dominant win by Audi's R10 this year and Peugeot coming next year. But technology always moves on in racing (unless you're talking Nascar, but that's a whole other story). By the middle of the next decade, racers will likely have moved on to something else, and Acura is playing off of parent Honda's fuel cell efforts by showing drawings of a potential fuel cell powered Le Mans racer. It's unlikely a racer will look much like any of these drawings, but some of the technology could make it to the track. More drawings and a press release after the jump.

[Source: Acura]
Designed by: Leon Paz, Joe deNatale, and David Cheng

The Acura NHR-1 ( Nano Hydrogen Racer 1) is a test bed for new material development and clean energy.

By utilizing molecular nanotechnology, compact fuel cell can be made possible thereby making vehicle packaging efficient. New strong, light weight materials can derive from various sources and be 100% recyclable. The hydrogen fuel cell power plant in this application tests its performance in the most grueling endurance race in the world. It's a notion of Acura's commitment to cleaner environment.

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