Formula One set to influence family cars of the future
Could formula one racing cars influence family cars of the future? It seems unlikely but motorsport engineers and specialists from around the world have been discussing just that at the 2013 Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium.
McLaren and Caterham Formula One racing teams, plus Audi Sport and Drayson racing were among the names providing an insight into some of the current challenges and opportunities that the motorsports industry is embracing. A gathering will be taking place at Birmingham City University, Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.
Topics under discussion included looking at elite auto engineering and how it can help in the race to make road cars become even more efficient ahead of strict EU regulations. Pioneering engineering was also explored and ways in which racing cars could reach their maximum potential and be adopted by the mainstream auto industry.
Developments in aerodynamics, tyre technology, fuel efficiency, engine management systems, new lightweight materials like carbon fibre, and powertrain systems were also discussed and ways in which auto-makers could meet strict new European carbon reduction standards.
Professor Adrian Cole, lecturer in the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment at Birmingham City University says; 'Birmingham has been the natural home of the automotive industry in this country since Herbert Austin built the first all British four-wheel car in 1900. The Symposium is just one of a number of events during 2013 that Birmingham City University will be involved in that highlights the importance of the automotive industry to the region's future prosperity.'
Academics at Birmingham City University have been focusing on developing green technology and was recently awarded a national science grant to investigate the use of algae as an alternative fuel - work conducted by the University's Centre for Low Carbon Research.
The University will also be presenting at Autosport International, an annual motor racing exhibition held at Birmingham's NEC from 10th to 13th January. Catering for industry professionals and motorsport fans, the show allows visitors and exhibitors to meet and share their love of motor racing on all levels - from Karting to Formula One.
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