Despite the presence of many major motorcycle manufacturers in France, there are also numerous companies within the country exploring innovative engine concepts for the future, one of which is H2 Motronics. In 2019, the company commissioned Nivernais technical design office, a subsidiary of Texys Group, to develop a hydrogen-powered racing motorcycle to showcase the potential of this technology for lightweight mobility.
The resulting H2K project, which stands for Kompact, is a sports motorcycle powered by hydrogen that is designed to be lighter and more efficient than a fully electric motorcycle. According to simulations, the engine of the H2K is capable of producing over 100 kW of power, allowing it to approach the performance of Moto3 with a lap time of 1’38.7 on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia and the ability to complete 11 laps of the race. The top speed is estimated to be 237 km/h.
H2 Motronics has released visuals and detailed information about the H2K project, showcasing its potential as a powerful and environmentally friendly racing machine. As developments continue in the field of alternative energy sources for vehicles, H2 Motronics is making strides towards a cleaner and more sustainable future for motorcycle racing.