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
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