Lombard called the agreement with Bridgestone a "major milestone in our ambitious roadmap. With considerable expertise in designing tires and tire technologies for newer types of mobility, Bridgestone will surely bring valuable learnings to the partnership, helping us live up to the challenges ahead."
Steven De Bock, vice president, consumer replacement and OE, Bridgestone EMIA, added that the partnership "demonstrates our support for the next generation of innovative mobility pioneers. We're placing our recognized expertise at the service of a real game-changer in the field of zero-emission mobility and helping bring about a more sustainable future of mobility in the process."
Bridgestone said its involvement with Hopium falls under its E8 Commitment to to support the realization of a sustainable society by providing social and customer value throughout every area of its business and operations, together with partners.
Hopium founder and CEO Lombard pursued a racing career for the better part of a decade, scoring a class win at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2011 in a Greaves Motorsport Zyteck LMP2 prototype racer. He was involved as test driver for the Mission 24 project to develop a hydrogen-powered race car for the LeMans 24 Hour endurance race.
Hopium went public in early 2021.