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Jul 4, 2012

ATL achieves LMP2 podium lock-out at Le Mans 24 Hr - ATL's 'Last Lap' collector systems a key player

Aero Tec Laboratories Ltd (ATL) are proud to have supplied the majority of the Prototype and GT fields at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour race. The LMP2 result saw Starworks Motorsport (HPD ARX-03b), Thiriet by TDS Racing (Oreca 03) and Pecom Racing (Oreca 03) finish on the podium – making the podium an ATL lock-out!

This LMP2 result rounds-off a fantastic first half of the endurance season for teams using ATL fuel cells:

ATL has experienced increased interest in its custom-manufactured last-lap collector systems – a fuel system arrangement that features a pressurised collector which notifies the driver when the car only has enough fuel to complete one more racing lap. This eliminates the guess-work of deciding whether to pit for a ‘splash-and-dash’ in the closing stages of an endurance event.

The season began with JMW Motorsport’s Ferrari 458 winning the GTE Pro category at the first round of the European Le Mans Series at Le Castellet: The car’s ATL ‘Last Lap’ fuel system having given the team the confidence to avoid pitting for fuel in the last 10 minutes of the race.
Team Jota then won the LMP2 category with its Zytek Z11SN at Round 2 of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps: The outstanding fuel scavenge capabilities of their ATL Fuel Cell enabled the team to consistently run one lap longer per stint than rival teams running with the same engine.

Another innovation that ATL has bought to the Endurance field this year has been a pillow-type collapsible windscreen washer bag. These can be custom-made to suit a team’s individual requirements, and are particularly useful if the engine of a car in front ‘lets go’ and dumps oil all over your windscreen!

These outstanding results bode well for the second-half of the Endurance season - ATL wishes its endurance customers the very best of luck for the coming races.

This month, ATL will be hosting an endurance race of its own – a kart race at Daytona Milton Keynes. With 30 teams signed-up to race, the majority of ATL’s Formula 1, LMP and OEM customers will be competing for victory. The Prodrive team was victorious in last year’s event, but Red Bull Racing, having been back-to-back champions in 2006 and 2007, will be eager to return to the top step of the podium.

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