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Eight podium finishes for ATL Le Mans 24 Hours 2013

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Sports/Touring Car Racing Topics:  24 Hours of Le Mans

Eight podium finishes for ATL Le Mans 24 Hours 2013

Aero Tec Laboratories
June 26, 2013


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PRESS RELEASE
26 JUNE 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EIGHT PODIUM FINISHES FOR ATL AT LE MANS 24 HOURS 2013

 

90th Annual 24hr Race

Celebrating its 90th year, last weekend's Le Mans 24 hour race saw drivers having to tackle dramatically variable weather conditions on the way to the chequered flag. Countless incidents served to mix-up the running order, but by the time 24 Hours had elapsed, ATL-supplied cars had achieved the following podium finishes:

 

LMP1 Privateer    Podium lock-out 

LMP2                      Podium lock-out 

LMP1                      2nd place

GTE Pro                 3rd place

 

One of the most remarkable performances of the weekend in fact took place in a pit garage, rather than on-track: following a major crash during free practice on Wednesday evening, the JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 GTE Pro car required a new rear subframe to be fitted. The engine, gearbox and ATL fuel cell were removed from the broken subframe, before a new rear subframe was delivered to the circuit at 1330hrs on Thursday. In less than five hours, the complete powertrain and fuel cell were fitted to a new rear subframe, in time for the car to run in the second qualifying session at 1900hrs that night. The ATL fuel cell was undamaged in the accident, and was rapidly un-installed and re-installed.

 

A performance upgrade available to all Ferrari 458 teams, ATL's 458 fuel cell is manufactured from a Kevlar-reinforced material (making it lighter than the standard cell) and fitted with a 'Last Lap Collector System'. Specifically calculated for Le Mans, the collector system gives the team the confidence of knowing when precisely one lap's worth of fuel remains onboard - enabling each race stint duration to be maximised, which is so crucial to race strategy during a 24hour endurance event.

 

Endurance Season approaching halfway point

Following Le Mans, ATL customer OAK Racing currently holds both 1st and 2nd places in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMP2 standings, while Aston Martin Racing currently sits in a very close 2nd position in the GTE Pro class, and 4th and 5th in GTE Am.

 

Sportscar Update - New Juno CN-OSS Sports Prototype victorious on race debut

With three cars on the grid, Juno opened its BRSCC Open Sports Series (OSS) season with three victories and seven podium finishes at Snetterton at the beginning of June. Piloted by Darren Luke, Juno's new CN-OSS took two victories and a 2nd place from three starts in its debut race meeting. ATL is pleased to have contributed towards such a successful project and extends its congratulations to Juno for achieving such a dominant performance 'straight-out-of-the-box'.

 

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IMAGES

 

ATL_lemans1 < ATL Ferrari 458 fuel cell

A performance upgrade available to all Ferrari 458 teams, ATL's 458 fuel cell is manufactured from a Kevlar-reinforced material (making it lighter than the standard cell) and fitted with a 'Last Lap Collector System' specifically calculated for Le Mans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATL_lemans2 < JMW Motorsport - Fitting ATL's Ferrari 458 fuel cell

Following an accident, JMW Motorsport transferred the complete powertrain and fuel cell to a new rear subframe in less than five hours - in time for the car to run in the second qualifying session.

The ATL fuel cell was undamaged in the accident, and was rapidly un-installed and re-installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATL_lemans3 < OAK Racing Morgan - Nissan LMP2

Finishing 1st and 2nd in LMP2, OAK Racing had a highly successful Le Mans 24 Hour race. The G-Drive Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan completed an all ATL-supplied LMP2 podium.

 

 

 

 

ATL_lemans4< Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan LMP2

ATL provided trackside support staff in the run-up to the start of the Le Mans 24hr race.

No fuel system or refuelling rig emergencies occurred - only spares support and routine maintenance were required!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATL_lemans5 < New Juno CN-OSS wins on debut race weekend

Juno opened its BRSCC Open Sports Series (OSS) season with three victories and seven podium finishes at Snetterton at the beginning of June.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

ABOUT ATL

 

Aero Tec Laboratories (ATL) Limited manufactures composite bladder devices and fluid transfer systems for racing cars, aircraft, space craft, defence vehicles, submersibles, marine craft and industry. ATL's fuel cells are crash-resistant, explosion-suppressant and extremely lightweight, thereby offering the customer performance gains alongside major safety improvements. ATL's flexible fluid containment bladder tanks are suitable for holding fuel, water, oil, chemicals, waste material, powder and gasses and can be supplied with highly sophisticated liquid transfer plumbing & equipment.

 

Aero Tec Laboratories (ATL) was founded in 1970, as a design and testing facility for "flexible composite" materials. Shortly thereafter, the firm broadened its scope to include the actual fabrication of end products from its own outstanding fibre/elastomer composites. This led to the development of ATL's remarkable bladder-type cells, which deform under high-energy impacts.

 

From ambitious beginnings in engineered inflatables and crashworthy fuel cell bladders, ATL has further spread its technologies into compensators, accumulators, potable water vessels, self-healing ballistic tanks, bulk storage bladders and scores of similar endeavours. The common thread among ATL's products is the remarkable toughness and durability coupled with extreme light-weight, high flexibility and compactness.

 

With ATL's ongoing development into high performance fabrics and complete fuel system products, ATL remains the World's leader in fuel cell design and technology, and is a supplier to every Formula One team.

 

Please explore our website for more information about ATL's many products - www.atlltd.com.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Press Enquiries 

Adam Pointer,

Aero Tec Laboratories Ltd, 

One Patriot Drive, 

Rooksley, Milton Keynes

MK13 8PU, UK.

Email: apointer@atlltd.com

Tel: +44 (0)1908 351700

Fax: +44 (0)1908 351750

 

High resolution images are available on request - please contact Adam Pointer (above).

 

 

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