Alset Global and Aston Martin win prestigious motorsport award for innovative Hybrid Hydrogen race car
Hydrogen-based engineering firm scoops PMW Powertrain of the Year award with partner Aston Martin, for hydrogen fuelled racer that successfully completed the 2013 ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24-Hour race.
Cologne, Germany – Alset Global and Aston Martin have won the Powertrain of the Year award at the Professional Motorsport World (PMW) Expo 2013 Awards in Cologne last night (November 12, 2013). The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S was the most powerful hydrogen-powered car ever and became the first to complete zero CO2 emissions laps at an international motor race when it completed the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24-Hour race in May 2013.
Alset Global and Aston Martin made history with the prototype, twin-turbo Aston Martin Rapide S race car, featuring a Hybrid Hydrogen system developed by Alset Global. The system, which allowed the car to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both according to the driving situation, comprises a hydrogen fuel supply system, tank and proprietary engine management system.
Alset Global was delighted with the award, which was collected at the presentation ceremony by Alset Global vice president of operations, Markus Schneider and Aston Martin director of special projects and motorsport, David King. “We are proud to receive an award from the motorsport community that recognises the huge achievement of the Aston Martin and Alset Global team in developing a track-ready Hybrid Hydrogen car. For Alset Global, the Nürburgring 24 Hours race was always about showcasing a practical, affordable and clean, renewable energy and a powerful, dynamic reliable and durable propulsion system that provides sports car performance, with the carbon footprint of a supermini,” commented Schneider.
With a driver line-up that included Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin partnered with Alset Global to showcase its commitment to engineering innovation in its centenary year.
Mark Raffauf, MD of Race Operations at IMSA, commented “The Alset/Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen racing car represents a technology application that is difficult and different.
With all of the interest in hybrids, and various other alternative racing power systems, hydrogen was an unexplored alternative for competition. No more…this bold step has clearly shown that it can be made to work and now we are seeing the necessary interest and development to facilitate hydrogen’s use in that most difficult of arenas: competition.”