Lola and Drayson Racing announce partnership details
By LJ Hutchins
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
A groundbreaking all-electric prototype under development by Lola Group and Drayson Racing Technologies is set to be the fastest ever to lap a circuit.
The two companies unveiled details of the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV at an event at the Rockingham circuit last week, announcing that announced that organisations including Cosworth, BAe Systems and the University of Warwick would be contributing to the project. View the full list of partners here.
The partnership to build an electric powered LMP (Le Mans Prototype) car was first announced in July. Previously Drayson Racing had worked with the company on the development of a biofuel-powered series competitor that recorded a number of successes and competed in the 24 Hours race.
Robin Brundle, Managing Director of Lola Group (and younger brother of F1 driver and commentator Martin), and Lord Paul Drayson, founder and Chairman of DRT, said their Lola Drayson all-electric sports car will be the fastest electric powered race car to lap a circuit.
It will also showcase technology including inductive charging, composite battery power, moveable aerodynamics and electrical regenerative damping, the B12/69EV will be one of the most advanced zero-emission competetion cars to enter competition.
Brundle said: “Lola has been known throughout its history as a technically adventurous company that has helped shape the motorsport industry.
“Today’s announcement evidences our commitment to ensuring that with our partners and suppliers we can be the leaders in pioneering future technologies that will be an intrinsic part of both the automotive and motorsport industries.”
Lord Drayson added: “Everyone involved in the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV project is committed to green innovation and developing new green technologies.
“Cutting edge systems with an emphasis on sustainable and renewable power are the key elements of the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV all-electric LMP demonstrator.
“The collection of hi-tech, innovative science and technology companies that DRT and Lola have formed will be instrumental to the success of this landmark vehicle.”