Alset Global and Aston Martin have won the Powertrain of the Year award at the Professional Motorsport World (PMW) Expo 2013 Awards in Cologne. The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S 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.
The award was collected at the presentation ceremony by Markus Schneider, Alset Global vice president of operations and David King, Aston Martin director of special projects and motorsport. “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”, commented Schneider. “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.”
“This important award is great recognition for the whole Rapide S Hybrid Hydrogen project team,” acknowledges King. “My small group of engineers at Aston Martin worked tirelessly with the experts at Alset Global to deliver what remains a unique and world record-breaking race car, and this award will mean a huge amount to everyone involved.”
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.
Check here the official specs and images of the Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S.