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F1 Technology & £38 Million To Make Cars More Eco-Friendly

F1-inspired vehicles with greater fuel efficiency, increased battery range and lighter components to become a reality.

Companies that must create eco-friendly car-tech named

The Government has split a £38.2 million prize fund among 130 companies that must now make road cars more eco-friendly by incorporating F1 technology, The Department for Transport confirmed.

Objectives include: minimising weight, improving fuel efficiency, and enabling plug-in cars to travel further per-charge. 

Motor manufacturers, technology companies and research centres claimed a share of the funding. The winners were chosen following a competition, launched September 2015, which encouraged them to propose innovative concepts that should minimise vehicle emissions.

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Transport Minister Andrew Jones explained: Our £38 million investment will help Britain become a world leader in this exciting and valuable technology sector, creating skilled jobs of the future as part of our long-term economic plan.” He continued: “It will also mean lower running costs for motorists and less fuel consumption, which is good for the environment and our economy.” 

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Companies that share the funding come from throughout the UK.

  • West Midlands (£7.6 million / 36 organisations). Includes a Jaguar Land Rover & Nissan led consortium that must create new materials to make cars lighter and, therefore, more fuel efficient. Inspiration could come from the carbon fibre in F1.
  • Yorkshire and Humber (£4.4 million / 12 organisations). Includes a Faradion Ltd consortium that must cut the cost of electric vehicle batteries, via cheaper sodium-ion technology. 
  • South East (£5.6 million / 20 organisations). Includes Ceres Power Ltd that – with its associates - plans to evaluate how new battery fuel cells can extend the range of electric vans.
  • East Midlands (£7.5 million / 23 organisations). Incorporates the Far-UK consortium that has to establish how to replace steel body panels with lighter materials without compromising safety.
  • Scotland (£2.5 million / 7 organisations). Includes Sunamp Ltd that leads a team which must transform chilled and frozen trucks so they require less battery power to cool produce. 
  • North West (£1.7 million / 7 organisations). Includes Clean Air Power Ltd that plans to incorporate greener, dual-fuel technology, into heavy goods vehicles to minimise emissions.
  • East England (£2.9 million / 15 organisations). Incorporates the Controlled Power Technologies consortium that will create a low-cost, hybrid, system to capture braking energy that can later boost the power of small cars. F1 has a similar concept.
  • Greater London (£2.2 million / 11 organisations). Includes the Advanced Design Technology consortium that must design kits to catch heat from exhaust streams then turn it into electricity.
  • South West (£3.1 million / 16 organisations). Incorporates the HiETA Technologies lead consortium that plans to design light weight vehicle components using its advanced aluminium alloys.
  • North East (£570,000 / 5 organisations). Includes Gestamp Autotech Engineering R&D UK which must form lightweight parts.