A record weekend for Podium Advanced Technologies

3 May 2021

Pont-Saint-Martin, 3 May 2021 – The research prototype Blizz Primatist designed and built by Podium Advanced Technologies breaks seven FIA world land speed records, while Scuderia del Girasole claims double victory at Italian TCR first race in Monza and Glickenhaus 004C Evo debuts at Nürburgring.
On 30 April and 1st of May at the circuit of Nardò in Italy the Blizz Primatist research prototype has broken seven FIA world land speed records over 10 miles, 100 km, 100 miles and one hour for a full electric vehicle in both under 500 kg and above 500 kg weight categories. In the next days these records are going to obtain the official FIA homologation.

These are the details:

Day 1 – 30 April – Category A, Group VIII, Class 1 (from 0 to 500 kg)
10 miles: 4’34.913’’ – average speed 210.743 km/h (previous record: 121.144 km/h)
100 km: 26’07.160’’ – average speed 229.715 km/h (previous record: 99.092 Km/h)
100 miles: 41’45.806’’- average speed 231.188 km/h (previous record: 76.504 Km/h)
1 hour: average speed 225.184 km/h (previous record: 113.544 Km/h)
Day 2 – 1st May – Category A, Group VIII, Class 2 (from 500 to 1,000 kg)

10 miles: 4’14.671’’ – average speed 227.492 km/h (previous record: 127.154 km/h)
100 km: 24’40.672’’ – average speed 243.133 km/h (previous record: 197.586 Km/h, held by Bertone ZER)
100 miles: 39’45.395’’ – average speed 242.859 km/h (record non existing before)

The record breaking Blizz Primatist was driven by its owner, the visionary Italian racing driver and entrepreneur Gianmaria Aghem. who engaged Podium Advanced Technologies to design from scratch the vehicle and all its components: from the chassis to the body structure, from the aerodynamics to the propulsion, from batteries to electronics.

Blizz Primatist is a full electric vehicle powered by a 204 HP electric motor, fueled by a Li-Ion 35 KWh bespoke battery pack, capable of a maximum speed higher than 350 Km/h thanks also to a Cx = 0,11. The chassis adopts a steel space frame structure wrapped by a full carbon fiber body. Fully independent front and rear suspension is provided by a double wishbone design with push-rod and custom shock absorber.

Meanwhile at the circuit of Monza there has been the kick off of the 2021 TCR Italy Touring Car Championship, with four new Cupra Leon Competición cars run by Scuderia del Girasole, for the reigning champion Salvatore Tavano and Federico Paolino, Nicola Guida, Raffaele Guerrieri.
For the third season in a row, Podium Advanced Technologies is part of the team – who won the last three Italian championships – supplying racing engineers to the Scuderia.

This was another successful weekend for the team, as the SEAT Cupra of Scuderia del Girasole driven by Salvatore Tavano has won both races: Race-1 on Saturday, run on the wet, starting from the third position, and Race-2 on Sunday, starting from the sixth position in the grid.
The new racing car, developed to compete in the TCR series and endurance races around the world, is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine capable of delivering 340PS at 6,800 RPM and 410 Nm of torque.

This weekend has also seen the debut of the Glickenhaus 004C Evo at the 62nd Eibach ADAC ACAS Cup for the NLS Nürburgring Endurance Series. This new version of the 004C, developed and built by Podium Advanced Technologies as usual, has an enhanced aerodynamics and is driven on track by Thomas Mutsch, Franck Mailleux, Felipe Laser Fernández.

In a field of more than 150 cars the Glickenhaus 004C Evo has finished the race in 21st place: an excellent result in terms of reliability, with increased perfomance in fast corners due to the new aerodynamics.
However, there is still space to improve the overall balance of the Glickenhaus 004C Evo: new tests will be carried out during the week in preparation of the next weekend race at the Nürburgring for the ADAC Qualifying Race.

Assembly process

Sorting, Testing and Stacking Cylindrical
- Fully automated station
- 100% cells state of health testing (including open circuit voltage, resistance/AC impedance, temperature
- Stations able to handle module up to 1200 mm length
- Different cooling strategies can be handled within this station
- Similar capacity cells can be sorted and included in a module
- Fast and tack-free led lamp curing
- Accurate pressing operation
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Cylindrical
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Prismatic and Pouch
- Fully automated station
- 100% cells state of health testing (including open circuit voltage, resistance/AC impedance, temperature
- Stations can handle different cell dimensions and different thermal extraction strategies
- Accurate pressing operation
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Prismatic and Pouch
Bus Bar Laser Welding
- Cutting edge laser beam technology that guarantees robust joints for several type of busbar connections
- Possibility to weld challenging reflective materials such as CU, Al and dissimiral combination of materials
- Internal development of welding parameters
- Extensive quality control such as weld penetration in process monitoring and resistivity checks
- Stations can handle module up to 1200 mm length and 600 mm width
Bus Bar Laser Welding
Ultrasonic wire bonding
- Fully automatic station
- Wire bonding with the highest axis accuracy
- Continuous real time monitoring of wire condition and process
- Integrated quality control
Ultrasonic wire bonding
Pack assembly stations
- Stations equipped with manual assistors and process dedicated tools to allow assembly teams to work in perfect ergonomic and safe conditions
- Stations equipped with torque monitored tools
- Control tracking system to verify process completion and quality monitoring
- Junction box assembly and quality control
- Controlled sealing application completed after functional test
Pack assembly stations
EOL Testing
- Battery module and pack functional tests
- BMS firmware and software flashing
- Pack cooling system integrity test
EOL Testing

Main features

  • Safety: BMS Design compliant for ISO 26262
  • Scalable slave-master architecture, handles systems
    up to 1.000 V
  • Cell dissipative balancing


  • Real time monitoring cells & components voltage
    and temperatures
  • Advanced algorithms for SOC/SOH estimation
  • Advanced SOP estimation with realtime cell
    thermoelectrical models
  • Electromechanical components feedback monitoring
    and degradation estimation (fuses, contactors)
  • Control and monitoring of the thermal management system
  • Sensing of current, water leak, internal humidity, etc
  • Ground fault monitoring of grounded or ungrounded systems

Services related to BMS

  • Testing and modelling of battery cells
    and systems
  • Experimental characterization of cells
    for accurate state estimation algorithms
    (e.g., SOC, SOE, SOH, SOP)
  • BMS hardware and software development
    for specific applications
  • Prototyping of high-performance
    battery systems
  • Consulting in the field of battery systems

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