Williams Hybrid Power wins second energy recovery plaudit
By LJ Hutchins
Monday, January 24th, 2011
Williams Hybrid Power, which took the eponymous F1 team’s energy recovery system and developed it into a technology suitable for a wide range of road and race cars, has won further industry recognition for its achievements.
The company has won the Technology and Innovation Award at the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Business Excellence Awards at the NEC in Birmingham.
The annual awards dinner was held alongside the MIA’s European Cleaner Racing Conference, which brings together high-performance engineering experts from across the sport to showcase green motorsport, advances in alternative energy sources and sustainable materials.
WHP had already received an award for the technology at the 2010 Professional Motorsport World Expo in Germany for Powertrain Innovation of the Year.
Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid, integrated with WHP’s magnetically-loaded composite flywheel technology, has also generated plenty of interest after achieving noteworthy competition results in 2010, including a number of endurance race successes in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Ian Foley, WHP Managing Director, said, “The award is particularly gratifying as it shows peer and indeed industry recognition for what has been a landmark year for WHP considering our technology is a core element of the hybrid drive system aboard the Porsche 911 GT3R Hybrid endurance racing car.”
Williams Hybrid Power says it is also involved in a number of engineering projects concerned with the reduction of emissions in hybridisation of traditional combustion-based drivetrain solutions for a wide range of applications from passenger cars to city buses and trams.