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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.'s (Cambridge, U.K) iCAP 6500 spectrometer was used by Shell Global Solutions in the mobile laboratory at the 24 hour Le Mans race 2007. Designed for a wide range of industries and specifically suited to the needs of general and elemental analysis laboratories in the petrochemical industry, the iCAP 6500 features a unique radial plasma, ideal for testing the condition of car engine oils, lubricants and hydraulic fluids. Shell Global Solutions ran tests in the mobile laboratory for their technology partner Audi Sport, the race winners, as well as fuel quality monitoring as exclusive fuel supplier to the ACO for all competitors.
All competing teams were invited to supply fuel samples out of the pits for monitoring fuel quality to avoid potential engine reliability issues. Le Mans race regulations state that an engine cannot be changed during the 24 hour endurance race, however engine parts may be changed or fixed. This service, especially for lubricants, therefore offered extended benefits as it enables a racing team to change engine parts as required, following the results of the testing with the iCAP.
The iCAP 6500 is the most sensitive and compact ICP emission spectrometer on the market. The iCAP 6000 Series is up to five times more powerful than conventional instruments, keeping annual operation costs at a minimum.