Aston Martin Rapide debut Hybrid Hydrogen System


Alset Global’s Hybrid Hydrogen system to debut in Aston Martin Rapide S race car

Hybrid Hydrogen

Pioneering Hybrid Hydrogen fuel system offers practical and effective implementation of renewable, clean energy for automotive applications. Aston Martin’s Rapide S will debut the technology at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (May 19th-20th 2013) and become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international motorsport event. 

Graz, Austria – The ability to offer a practical, affordable and clean, renewable energy through the use of hydrogen-fuelled cars is to set be demonstrated in Aston Martin’s Rapide S race car entry at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring on May 19th-20th 2013. A prototype, twin-turbo, Aston Martin Rapide S will use Alset Global’s unique Hybrid Hydrogen system to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both.

Aston Martin Rapide

Alset Global’s Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel supply system, tank and proprietary engine management system. The strength of the Hybrid Hydrogen technology is related to the flexibility of controlling the combustion process according to each particular driving situation: either pure hydrogen, gasoline or an arbitrary blend of both can be selected to ensure optimum power, acceleration and CO2 reduction. This intelligent combustion control results in a powerful and dynamic propulsion system that provides sports car performance but with the carbon footprint of a supermini.

Unlike hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Alset Global’s patented technology, developed over the past eight years, overcomes the lack of a fully developed fuelling hydrogen infrastructure. The simplicity of the Hybrid Hydrogen system means only minimal changes are needed to fit it to conventional engines, thus bringing hydrogen mobility ‘out of the laboratory’ and onto the streets. The ease of introduction and expected premium of just 15 % over today’s new car prices mean that lower CO2 emission target levels, legislated for 2015 and 2020, are now achievable and affordable.

Launching the technology on Aston Martin’s Rapide S race car will highlight other benefits the Hybrid Hydrogen technology offers. By taking part in one of the toughest races in the world, Alset Global will underline both the reliability and safety of hydrogen technology today.

Four carbon-fibre tanks holding 3.23 kg of gaseous hydrogen – two housed next to the driver and two in the trunk of the car – and the refuelling system developed by Alset Global and its partners are approved by German motorsport’s governing body, the DMSB. In addition, the use of the existing 6.0 litre engine will showcase that engine downsizing or electrification is not the only way to achieve low emissions.

Crucially, the Hybrid Hydrogen system will ensure the driving experience is undimmed. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin and Alset Global aim to show that a zero CO2 emissions lap of the Nordschleife is possible with virtually only water emitted from the exhaust pipe.

Alset Global and its partner organisations hold a number of key patents relating to the entire system. Injection technology and managing the combustion process form the core of Alset Global’s intellectual property around the Hybrid Hydrogen system. Partners include Magna Steyr, which has developed the storage tank and pressure regulation system, Linde, which will supply the hydrogen and the hydrogen refuelling station for the race, Gigatronik which has supported the safety and tank control concept in developing the hydrogen controller and TÜV SÜD, which certified the technical safety requirements for the hydrogen system.

“With our Hybrid Hydrogen system we are providing a practical way to transition to the hydrogen economy,” says Jose Ignacio Galindo, CEO of Alset Global. “We are providing a unique, clean solution for the premium and performance segment and demonstrating that going green does not require sacrificing emotions. Our system offers the highest power density of all built and existing hydrogen cars and, because it is compatible with nearly all current internal combustion engines, it is the most affordable and simplest to implement.”

“Our system offers, dependent on tank size, a range of up to 250 km with zero CO2 emissions,” says Alset Global’s VP of product management and technology, Thomas Korn. Previously at BMW, Korn has an extensive background working with alternative propulsion technologies such as hydrogen internal combustion engines, fuel cells and electric drive trains as well as the certification and homologation processes.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours race takes place on the legendary 25 km long Nordschleife track in the Eifel region of Germany. The world’s longest circuit is not just a stage for spectacular racing; it is used year-round by motor manufacturers and tyre companies for automotive development. The Hybrid Hydrogen Aston Martin Rapide S will make history when it becomes the first hydrogen car to complete a lap of an internationally-sanctioned motor race.

About Alset Global

Formed in 2005, Alset Global is technology and engineering company working on clean mobility solutions based on hydrogen. With European engineering headquarters in Graz, Austria, Alset Global has developed a unique, patented Hybrid Hydrogen system, to run on pure gasoline or pure hydrogen or a blend of both, which is designed to offer automotive OEMs, vehicle fleets and cities a clean mobility solution in time for new European emission standards in 2020.