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.
Britain to become world leader
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.”
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.