The motorsport transmission specialist Xtrac, will give the public a rare glimpse into its cutting-edge technology at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend (28 June to 1 July).
At the special invitation of the Goodwood organising committee, Xtrac will form part of the trailblazing technology displayed in the FoS-TECH technology pavilion. It’s the company’s first ever appearance at this popular automotive and motorsport event.
Xtrac was selected primarily because of its involvement in the REEVolution project, which is a collaborative research and development programme funded by the British government’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board; designed to create new high performance range extended electric vehicles (REEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Jaguar Land Rover leads the consortium, which includes vehicle manufacturers Lotus and, through its Infiniti brand, Nissan. The battery, electric motor and transmission suppliers are, respectively, Axeon Technologies, EVO Electric and Xtrac.
The consortium has built three demonstrator vehicles to showcase the innovative new technologies - some yet to be revealed - developed since the project was announced in 2010. The demonstrators aim to be best in class and build on the skills of all the businesses involved. The driving force behind this is the development of a UK supply chain for new ultra low carbon vehicle technologies to position suppliers so that they can exploit an expanding global market.
One of those demonstrator vehicles is the INFINITI EMERG-E electric sports car. The EMERG-E will be driven by Australian Formula One star Mark Webber in its global debut before embarking upon a year-long testing schedule. The prototype delivers its power and torque via an Xtrac 1092 transmission, which also features in the Lotus Evora 414e series hybrid technology demonstrator. As part of the REEVolution consortium Lotus will show a cutaway version of the Evora 414E at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“Goodwood provides an exciting introduction to this new technology,” says Xtrac managing director Peter Digby who will visit the show on Friday with technical director Adrian Moore. “We are thrilled to be playing our part in the REEVolution consortium as well as being part of the technology pavilion, which will give our engineers a wonderful opportunity to present our transmission technology to the public for the first time.”
“The motorsport industry is highly relevant to the development of a new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles,” added Moore. “The UK government is actively supporting the development of these new technologies, hence the large R&D investment by the UK automotive industry in next generation electric cars and advanced hybrid solutions.”
“The motorsport industry has a significant role to play and can be highly instrumental in the development of alternative powertrains by transferring technology and by developing new technologies in the short timescales that are so common in motorsport,” commented Clive Woolmer, head of Xtrac’s growing Automotive and Engineering business unit. “The UK motorsport valley is home to a £6 billion industry with a proven track record not only at developing innovative technologies, but also promoting that technology through the high visibility of Formula One and other races such as Le Mans 24 hours and the Dakar rally.”
To underline its design and manufacturing capabilities Xtrac will exhibit a combination of automotive and motorsport technology including a state-of-the-art F1 gear cluster as well as examples of hybrid and electric vehicle transmission technology. Xtrac personnel supporting the FoS-TECH display are all highly qualified drivetrain specialists including general manager Clive Woolmer, business managers Robin Price, Ross Brumwell, James Setter and Varun Lakshman, accompanied by experienced engineers Chris Cholmeley, Michael Allen, Paul Pomfret, Richard Billyeald and John Russell.
Source: Xtrac Media Release
Horsepower of a different kind will come to force at Sandown on May 25 with the running of a special day of horse racing for popular V8 Supercar driver Jason Richards.
The Horsepower Hero day will see sponsorship money from the eight race card go to Richards to assist in his fight against a rare form of cancer.
The day’s main race will be named in Jason’s honour.
Many of Australia’s top V8 Supercar drivers and team owners will join the day which will also feature a special VIP lunch in the Sandown Committee Room.
The day was the brainchild of Sandown General Manager, and Jason’s fellow Kiwi ex-pat, Wade Calderwood.
“I came up with the idea after reading an article about Jase’s response when interviewed following his courageous 2nd at Albert Park in the V8 event. By donating a horse race meeting I felt sponsors would get additional value for their generosity, above and beyond the knowledge they are supporting a great bloke in a time of need.”
With the assistance of Brad Jones Racing Media Manager, Lucy Peacock and fellow driver John Bowe, the meeting was put together in a few weeks.
“We’ve successfully sold all 8 races, including one we donated to the Bid4Jase website” Mr Calderwood said.
Sponsors include: Fujitsu General, Telstra, Wilson Security & Pace, Norton 360, Apex Construction, & Jack Daniels/Kelly Racing.
V8 Supercar fans are also invited to take part in the event with a limited number of VIP tickets still available for the lunch and cheque presentation to Jason.
The event will include full cocktail style hospitality, including meal, drinks and entertainment in Sandown’s Committee Room.
Ticket’s are available at $200 for your chance to mingle with your V8 heroes and help out a great driver and a top class bloke in a time of need.
Contact email@example.com or call the track on 03 9518 1362.
Coughlin Brothers Racing, an entity owned by drag racers John, Troy, Mike, and Jeg Coughlin Jr., announced a partnership with Nick Ferri and Roy Simmons to build a state-of-the-art engine shop that will produce Pro Stock racing motors for consumers around the world.
JNR Racing plans to build and lease motors from its new Research and Development facility in Mooresville, N.C. The group collectively has won four Pro Stock titles since 2002.
“We are extremely excited to align ourselves with Nick and Roy,” Jeg Coughlin said. “We have all worked together in the past and know what it takes to put a championship caliber engine program together.
“Our goal is to do this like it’s never been done before. We want to build the best horsepower possible for our customers. We fully intend to supply our customers with the best products and service in the world. The motors we build will be capable of winning races and championships, and we’ll stand behind everything we build.”
Ferri and Simmons are thrilled to continue their career path in engine building and by the prospect of having ownership in the end result.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Coughlin said, “and we’re getting after it right now.”
The group plans to have engines available for lease later in the year.
C31’s popular and long running weekly motorsport news show In Pit Lane is delighted to announce the continued support of the All Seasons Phillip Island Resort.
Located less than five minutes from the world famous Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, All Seasons Phillip Island Resort has been a major supporter of both In Pit Lane and grassroots motorsport in Victoria.
Brett Ramsey, Host and Producer of In Pit Lane, said the continuing support of the resort was a huge boost for both the show and the local motorsport community.
“Our relationship with the All Seasons Phillip Island Resort has been a huge assistance in our coverage of local motorsport.” said Brett.
Thanks to the support of the All Seasons Resort, the costs of covering events like The Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships is cut considerably.
Apart from assisting with the coverage, the weekend at the Resort is also a great added reward for In Pit Lane’s hard working all volunteer crew.
“Many members of our crew are students and the cost of going down to the Island and finding accommodation is prohibitive,” said Brett.
“Now it’s much easier to get crew to the Island and it’s also a great way to say thanks for all the hours of hard unpaid work.” Brett said.
Tony Freeman, Strategic Planner for the resort said that the All Seasons Phillip Island were happy to continue their association with In Pit Lane.
“We believe that it is important to support this sort of grassroots community program so that all people who enjoy Motorsport are able to view the great work that is done by Brett and his hard working team.” he said.
Brett Ramsey said that in addition to providing the crew of the show with accommodation, In Pit Lane viewers are also the winners with the Resort giving away regular prizes of accommodation during the season.
“We love to give away prizes on the show, and the feedback we get from viewers who have won accommodation at the Resort during race weekends has been fabulous.” he said.
Brett said that it was encouraging to see a local business like the All Seasons Phillip Island Resort supporting the sport at the grassroots level and taking advantage of the opportunities available.
“Everybody is well aware of the huge benefit of major events at the Island like the MotoGP or the V8 Supercars, but almost every week there’s an event of some sort happening at the track.”
“Each round of the State series attracts over 250 entries, each of those entries bring in 5-10 people, there’s the flag marshals, fire marshals, officials and the media. Add it all up and just one round of the series or an event like Island Magic can bring over 2000 people into the area for a weekend.”
The All Seasons Resort Phillip Island is conveniently located in the centre of Phillip Island, only two kilometres from the Cowes shopping precinct and only three from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
With family friendly facilities including ‘Numbers Restaurant & Bar’, wood fired ‘Pizzeria’, outdoor swimming and toddler’s pool, gym, spa, sauna, Kidz Zone games room, playground, tennis, BBQs and kilometres of walking tracks, guests may choose to simply relax and not ever have to leave the property!
For more info visit the Resort website.
In Pit Lane returns for a record 15th year on air on Tuesday March 8 at 9.30 p.m on C31 Melbourne (Channel 44 Freeview Digital)
In Pit Lane is a production of RMITV Student Television Australia’s number one independent community television production group. To find out more about RMITV go to their website is at www.rmitv.org
Links also on inpitlane.com
From the most humble of beginnings in the quiet town of Remuera, New Zealand, Bruce McLaren went on to become a major force in International motorsport.
Today his name lives on in the championship winning cars of Formula One as well as a growing sportscar empire.
Now the popular Australian magazine Motorsport Legends has produced a stunning new DVD celebrating the life and achievements of this remarkable talent.
“THE REMUERA RACER” features rare archival footage as well as interviews with those that knew him best.
Family, Friends and fellow competitors. Names like Sir Jack Brabham. Chris Amon, Bob Jane and Bruce’s sister Jan who appeared on In Pit Lane earlier this year are all featured.
Narrated by the velvet voice of vintage motorsport Don Kinsey, “THE REMURA RACER” is a must have DVD in the collection of any true motorsport enthusiast.
In Pit Lane in conjunction with Motorsport Legends are giving In Pit Lane viewers in both Queensland & Victoria the chance to win one of six copies of the DVD.
There are three copies for each State so come on and enter now.
Just go to the In Pit Lane competition page and answer the question:
HOW MANY F1 CONSTRUCTORS TITLES HAS McLAREN WON ?
Good Luck and if you want to order your own copy or find more information about “THE REMUERA RACER” check out the Motorsport Legends Website.
Not just the wild BMW Judd of Georg Plasa but lots of wild and wonderful cars and stunning tracks from the world of European hillclimbs.
You can order DVD’s on line or just watch some highlights including Georg and his wonderful sounding BMW Judd.
And remember when you order tell ‘em In Pit Lane sent you.
They won’t have the foggiest idea what the hell you’re talking about.
LINK: AH VIDEO CONCEPT