Drayson Racing snatches Motor Industry Association’s Excellence award

Drayson Racing Technologies receives the Excellence Award
Lord Drayson, Drayson Racing Technologies receives the Excellence Award

Those of you who regularly follow electric vehicle, EV news know about Drayson Racing Technologies.  Drayson Racing Technologies is one of the early, and highly successful EV racing pioneer.

The Drayson Racing FIA World Land Speed Record from Drayson Racing.

Press Release:

Drayson Racing™ has enjoyed an incredibly successful start to 2014, having been honoured with awards recognising recent achievements in motorsport and the development of electric vehicle technology.

Drayson Racing Technologies was presented with the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Business Excellence for Technology & Innovation Award at the MIA Business Excellence Awards dinner.

In addition to this prestigious award, Lord Drayson was a keynote speaker that the MIA International Low Carbon Racing Conference. The sell-out event, which attracted 200 high-level professionals and media representatives from across the globe, took place on the eve of the AIS at the NEC in Birmingham and had the record-breaking Drayson B12/69 EV as its central display.

Drayson Racing Technologies has also won the Race Engine Technology magazine’s ‘Alternative Power Race Engine of the Year’ award for 2013, for its outstanding pioneering achievements with the Drayson B12 69 EV. The British team joins a prestigious list of previous recipients, which includes the Audi Le Mans LMP1, Porsche 911 GT3R Hybrid and Toyota’s Pikes Peak battery electric powertrain.

Lord Drayson was also presented with his World Electric Land Speed Record certificate from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, signed by FIA President Mr. Jean Todt, and from the Motor Sports Association. The certificates were presented to Lord Drayson at the Autosport International Show (AIS) by MSA Chairman Mr. Alan Gow.

The presentations are final official acknowledgment of the World Electric Land Speed Record breaking runs at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire last year, when the Drayson Racing Technologies-developed Drayson B12/69 EV recorded an average speed of 205.139mph over the measured mile and 333.271 kph over the measured kilometre.

This speed also represents a new British Land Speed Record over the measured mile, for cars of any propulsion type driven by their wheels. With Lord Drayson at the wheel, the Kidlington-based Drayson Racing team set a new World Electric Record from a standing start over a quarter mile with a time of 9.742 seconds and an average speed of 92.383mph.

Lord Drayson (CEO) commented:

“We’re very pleased and honoured that 2013’s achievements have been recognised. The company is now looking to the future and working on the next challenges, both in terms of motorsport with Formula E and with exciting breakthrough technologies such as wireless charging. Working closely with our partners and sponsors such as our wireless charging partner Qualcomm Halo will ensure that Drayson Racing Technologies continues to blaze a trail in 2014.”

You can see more details on the incredible electric conversion of the Lola B12, now Lola B12/69 EV here and the engineering behind it.

Pioneer of electric racing

Nicolas Zart
Born and raised around classic cars, it wasn't until Nicolas drove an AC Proulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing about this amazing technology and its social impacts in 2007. Today, Nicolas covers renewable energy, test drives cars, does podcasts and films. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he made in those industries. His articles are also published on Teslrati, CleanTechnica, the Beverly Hills Car Club and Medium. "There are more solutions than obstacles." Nicolas Zart