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May 23, 2013

8 Class Wins and Overall Podium Lock-Out for ATL Fuel Cells in Nürburgring 24 Hour Race

Eight N24h Class Wins 


Underlining ATL's years of success within European endurance racing, the dominance of ATL's fuel cells reached new heights last weekend when no less than 8 Class Wins were achieved by cars running with ATL fuel systems onboard.

Confirming ATL's commitment to all levels of racing and all racing budgets, these victories were spread across the whole range of categories - from the fastest 'SP9 G' class down to the 'D1T+D3T' category, which was won by UK-based Saxon Motorsport and its highly successful BMW 1 Series Diesel.

Overall Podium Lock-Out
A Black Falcon-entered Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 took overall victory by just 2 minutes and 39 seconds, from a Marc-VDS BMW Z4 in second place and a ROWE Racing Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS in third.

As a result of supplying most Le Mans teams for a number of years, ATL has developed several engineering solutions which offer Endurance competitors competitive advantage: The SLS and Z4 fuel cells are both fitted with rapid-refuelling features, low-fuel level warning systems, and sophisticated in-tank low-pressure plumbing. The low-pressure pick-up system allows for complete fuel scavenge - important for getting full fuel range from each refuelling-stop. 'Reserve' scavenge pumps are also fitted - providing important back-up for endurance races such as these.

Hydrogen-Powered Aston Martin Rapide S
Powered by a twin-turbo 6 Litre V12, the Prototype car can run on hydrogen, gasoline or a mixture of both fuels. ATL is proud to have supplied the gasoline fuel cell for this groundbreaking endurance vehicle which finished the race just 24 laps down on the GT3-spec front-running machines.

All LMP2 entrants to use ATL Fuel Systems at Le Mans
These N24h successes come just a month ahead of the Le Mans 24 hour race, at which 60% of the entire field will use ATL fuel systems (including all LMP2 entrants) and 90% of the grid will use ATL refuelling equipment.

As with the Z4 and SLS systems mentioned above, ATL supplies more than just the outer safety fuel bladders for LMP and GT cars - custom systems are designed for each car, which incorporate internal features to facilitate: the fastest refuelling speeds possible; optimum fuel scavenge (with back-up pump provision in the event of lift-pump failure); and last-lap low fuel-level warning devices.

ATL's Head of Design, Alex Ng commented, "In recent years, our growing design team has spent increasing amounts of time designing, testing and fine-tuning endurance-focused fuel systems. We have built so many now, to suit different budgets and classes, that we have developed several ways of achieving the same goals - whether low-level warning, refuelling speed or ultimate fuel scavenge are regarded as the top priority".

ATL was one of the first suppliers of refuelling rigs that comply with the ACO's 2013 rig-drum rules. With the rule change being issued close to the start of the season, ATL allocated significant resources to designing, manufacturing and assembling ACO-compliant rigs for the beginning of the European endurance racing season. More than a dozen rig drums have been supplied in the run-up to Le Mans.

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