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19 Dec 2012

World experts in energy-efficient, high-performance solutions assemble for the 7th Low Carbon Conference & Innovation Showcase on 9 January 2013 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The Motorsport Industry Association's (MIA) International Low Carbon Racing Conference, which is held at the NEC Birmingham on 9 January and supported by UKTI, has confirmed a world-class line-up of contributors from motorsport's leading edge and promises to be packed with innovative showcase displays.

Speakers this year will include:

  • Ben Bowlby, designer of the Nissan DeltaWing, who will discuss its stunning race performance in 2012 at Le Mans and ALMS;
  • Jean-Francois Weber, whose Green GT hydrogen-electric race car will follow in the footsteps of the DeltaWing at Le Mans 2013;
  • Ulrich Baretzky, head of Audi Sport Race Engine Development, will look forward to the Le Mans 2014 exciting, energy-based formula;
  • Fabrice Lom, head of Powertrain at the FIA, who has the tough task of legislating new, energy-efficient solutions around the world of motorsport.

As Europe's leading conference on low-carbon, high-performance technologies, the event will see a series of panel discussions, with experts from a range of technology backgrounds taking to the floor to discuss energy-efficient developments in motorsport, future plans for the sport and new business opportunities for the industry, in automotive and in other, complementary sectors.

In addition, Lord Drayson, former UK Science & Innovation Minister, and pioneer behind the 850bhp B12 electric racing car which thrilled the crowd at Goodwood this summer, will outline the future for electric powertrains and FIA Formula E; and Tim Woolmer from YASA Motors, the innovative electric motor company, which was fitted to the Drayson car, will add his thoughts on future developments.

Alex Burns, CEO of Williams F1 - who led his outstanding F1-based company to set up a green technology centre in Qatar and helped Audi to win Le Mans 2012 - will also be speaking. Tony Harper, head of research at Jaguar, will explain the technology strategy of the Automotive Council in the UK and how it opens up opportunities for innovative suppliers from motorsport companies; and Steve Sapsford, global markets director of Ricardo, will present the latest Motorsport Technology Road Map and demonstrate how this links into automotive technology plans and new business.

A central element of the event, the all-new technology Innovation Showcase features the latest high-performance, low-carbon vehicles, prototypes, and low-carbon, high-performance technologies and all the latest developments for both road and race applications. Among the eye-catching exhibits are the Drayson B12 electric racing car, and the lightning-fast electric motorbikes from the TTXGP series.

For more information, or to book a place at the conference please click here or email Zoe.Chilton@the-mia.com


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