Thermo Fisher Scientific's iCAP 6500 spectrometer was employed by Shell Global Solutions in the mobile laboratory at the 24 hour Le Mans race 2007. The spectrometer was installed in a fleet truck and 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 while the engine itself cannot be changed during the 24-hour endurance race, different engine parts may be changed or fixed. The spectrometer allowed participants to determine which parts needed attention.
The spectrometer features a radial plasma that makes it suitable to detect oils, lubricants and hydraulic fluids.