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MIA Cleaner Racing Conference

A Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid is put through its paces on the racetrack

The UK’s leading conference about green motorsport is taking place on Wednesday 12 January 2011 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Organised by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), Racing to a Clean-Tech Future, supported by Autosport International and UKTI, will bring together thought-leaders from motorsport and high-performance engineering in a combined conference and Showcase.

The focus will be on areas including low carbon, electric, hybrid, alternative energy and sustainable materials.

In 2010, Team Aon’s LPG-powered Ford Focus took regular race-wins in the BTCC, whilst the impact of second-generation biodiesel and lightweight batteries has also been felt in race paddocks around the world.

Technologies previously seen as ‘the future’ are now race-proven and winning on-track, and mainstream automotive OEMs are committed to ‘fast-track’ delivery of energy efficient cars onto the street.

The competitive motorsport environment has confirmed its status as a hotbed of innovation which can test, develop and validate technologies, in an extraordinarily short space of time. The clean-tech, automotive, defence, aerospace and marine industries are all looking to motorsport to deliver demonstrable efficiency gains for their products.

Look no further than KERS hybrid technology – in just three ‘motorsport’ years, this has evolved from a clean-sheet design into a proven product, with applications in the automotive and defence sectors.

Racing to a Clean-Tech Future will involve panel discussions amongst key influencers such as:
• Richard Parry-Jones, Co-Chair of the Automotive Council (sharing the role with Rt. Hon. Vince Cable MP)
• Lord Drayson, former Science and Innovation Minister and owner of Drayson Racing
• Dr. Daniel Armbruster, Motorsport Development Manager and team leader of the award-winning Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
• Ulrich Baretzky, Audi Sport engine legend
• Dr. Klaus Boettcher, Vice-President Motorsport, Bosch Engineering GmbH
• Ben Bowlby, Technical Director, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams/Concept Originator of the DeltaWing Car (USA)
• Ian Foley, Managing Director, Williams Hybrid Power
• Alan Gow, President of the FIA Touring Car Commission and Chairman of the Motor Sports Association/Director of the British Touring Car Championships
• Tony Harper, Head of Research and Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
• Adrian Moore, Technical Director Xtrac, speaking on their successful journey from world class F1 supplier to mainstream Automotive OEMs
• Jonathan Neale, Managing Director, McLaren Racing
• David Richards, Chairman and Chief Executive, Prodrive Group, Chairman, Aston Martin
• Pat Symonds, Independent consultant/Former Executive Director of Engineering Renault F1

The Showcase will display real vehicles, concepts and prototypes – all demonstrating the proven advances already made by the advanced engineering community in this field.

Confirmed exhibitors in the Showcase display area include:
• Crompton Technology Group (CTG)
• EEMS Accelerate
• ESC (Enviro Sports Car) Series
• EVO Electric
• FARO UK
• Flybrid Systems
• Ricardo
Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre / Oxford Brookes University
• Technology Strategy Board
• TUV SUD Product Service
• Williams Hybrid Power

You can book for this event at www.the-mia.com/Events-Diary