P4/5 Competizione M, powered by Podium Engineering KERS, wins its class at the 40th ADAC Zurich 24h race at Nürburgring
Nürburgring, 20 May 2012 – Podium Engineering KERS, developed for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus P4/5 Competizione M, has successfully completed the toughest endurance race in the world. After 24 hours in the “Green Hell” the car scored first in its class and a historical 12th overall position.
The P4/5 Competizione M equipped by a bespoke high voltage KERS designed and realized by Podium Engineering went on to finish the 40th ADAC Zurich 24h Race at Nürburgring at a highly recommendable 12th place overall and 1st in class (EXP2 Class – Experimental Car Group). This represents a huge achievement for a recently established engineering firm, and the whole team is now back working on future improvement of the system.
In 2005 the American investment professional and car collector Jim Glickenhaus asked Pininfarina to build a one-off sports car with a retro design as a tribute to great endurance cars of the past. Following the presentation of the car, Glickenhaus decided to produce a second prototype intended for races.
The P4/5 Competizione Project was engineered in 2011. The car, developed from a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and a Ferrari 430 GT2, arrived on the scene showing a vintage automotive spirit combining passion and competence, craftsmanship and industrial culture.
The following year the car added the letter M (which means Modificata, i.e. modified) to its name as Scuderia Cameron-Glickenhaus decided to adopt for the new season a powertrain combining a 4.0 liter V8 and a Formula 1-style KERS, developed by Podium Engineering, able to produce a peak output of 563 horsepower.
During the qualification for the 2012 ADAC Nürburgring 24 hours, the P4/5 Competizione M set a world record lap for a Ferrari powered vehicle around the Nordschleife. The time given is a mighty impressive 6 minutes 51 seconds.
Moreover, Podium Engineering provided the team with vehicle dynamics preliminary study, structural analysis on mechanical components, CAD modelling, external CFD simulations to improve vehicle’s aerodynamics and track support, combined with data analysis and vehicle settings, during both testing and races.