The past few months have been busy for Prova’s Drayson Racing Technologies (DRT) team. Since the B12/69EV’s historic track debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2012, DRT’s electric racing car has been in great demand. Over 220,000 people have seen the car on show at seven diverse and exciting events across the UK over the summer months. In addition, 1.5 billion people have been exposed to the B12 in the media since its launch or followed it on twitter @DraysonRacing.
Following the B12/69EV ‘world first’ run up the hill at Goodwood FoS, the car was in good company as it represented the cutting edge of British motorsport at Chelsea AutoLegends in the show’s inaugural Techno Park area. The B12 was centre stage alongside the Marussia F1 Team 2012 car and a full scale model of fellow record-breaker, the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car.
A few days later, it was the turn of the technology within the B12 to be the main focus when the car and team headed to the 2012 Low Carbon Vehicle show at Millbrook, which once again attracted the cream of the automotive industry to discuss the future of sustainable transport. A quick journey west saw the car head to the Cheltenham Sustainable Expo to promote its role in advancing alternative technologies into the motorsport arena. The fledgling event is campaigning to hold an EV road-race event in 2014, demonstrating low carbon technology directly to the consumer.
At the beginning of October, the B12 was a star attraction at the opening of the new Millers Oils research and development facility. The car was there to showcase the forward-thinking projects the British lubricant firm is currently supporting. Finally, the B12 attracted an enthusiastic crowd at the recent Energy Solutions Expo at Olympia. The car was invited to play a part in the stand for voltage optimisation specialist, i-Volt, where it was widely applauded as one of the stars of the show.
The B12 schedule continues to be busy moving forward, with the team just completing a batch of testing with more planned over the next few months.
While the car has been busy attending events, Lord Drayson and the DRT engineers have also been working hard fulfilling their role as scientific advisor to the new Formula E Championship, following FIA recent confirmation of the 2014 series. Indeed, DRT’s role has seen the team co-ordinating relationships with international bodies such as the UN and the European Union, as well as promoting the series to the global scientific community.
The team has been working alongside Alejandro Agag and his team to ensure that the first year of the Formula E Championship gives the series the springboard that it deserves. News that the first race of the series will be held in Rio de Janerio has been announced and other landmark cities are looking at joining the party shortly. Things could not have got off to a better start and the world’s media continue to look on with interest.