EnerSys has announced that ODYSSEY batteries have been selected as the official batteries of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. The Simeone Museum, located in Philadelphia, is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars, and has twice been voted “Museum of the Year” over all other automotive museums in the world.
“We are pleased to have ODYSSEY batteries available for the vehicles in the Simeone Museum,” said Dr. Fred Simeone, executive director and founder. “All of our cars are kept in peak running condition and we try to take each one out for a ‘demo day’ on a rotating basis. This means having batteries that are able to deliver the power to start these high-compression engines that can also fit into very constricted spaces. ODYSSEY batteries are the perfect solution.”
“We are very proud that the Simeone Museum has selected ODYSSEY batteries to play an important role in the demonstration of these historically significant vehicles,” said Dave McMullen, senior director of reserve power marketing at EnerSys. “The fact that they regularly take these cars out and run them is unique. Nowhere else in the world can you see cars like these run on a regular basis.”
ODYSSEY batteries are designed with an absorbed glass mat (AGM) construction and thin-plate pure lead (TPPL) technology for more engine-cranking power and reserve power than conventional batteries. Since the plates in ODYSSEY batteries are pure lead, they can be thinner, resulting in a battery that has more power density.
The museum includes a number of historically significant racing sports cars, including the first Cobra Daytona Coupe ever built (CSX2287), the Bugatti “Tank” that won the 1937 Le Mans, the “Hippie” Porsche 917 and, the crown jewel of the collection, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM that won the 1938 Mille Miglia.
The Simeone Museum contains more than 65 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford and more. The museum also is one of the few places in the world where you can actually see rare cars like these run; they host semi-monthly “Demonstration Days” where selected cars from the collection are driven on the large lot in back of the facility.
ODYSSEY batteries feature a three- to 10-year service life and two-year storage life at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). They are vibration resistant and classified as “non-spillable” by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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