P4/5 Competizione M, powered by Podium Engineering KERS, wins its class at the 40th ADAC Zurich 24h race at Nürburgring

20 May 2012

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.

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

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  • 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
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    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
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    for accurate state estimation algorithms
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    for specific applications
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