OXFORD, England, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ -
Lord Drayson is awarded the Simms Medal for setting four Electric Land
Speed Records with revolutionary all-electric B12 69/EV
Simms Medal ceremony held at Pall Mall Clubhouse yesterday afternoon
recognising innovation and personal endeavour contributing to the
Lord Drayson has been awarded the prestigious Simms Medal by the Royal
Automobile Club's Technical Committee in recognition of his
contribution to motoring innovation after his audacious and successful
World Electric Land Speed Record runs.
This year's Simms Medal recognises Lord Drayson for championing new
automotive technologies, and daring - very successfully - to go out and
demonstrate their potential in the most extreme manner. The Technical
Committee felt that Lord Drayson "exemplified the spirit of adventure"
while setting four Electric Land Speed Records for sub-999kg vehicles.
Lord Drayson drove the Qualcomm Halo-sponsored B12 69/EV developed by
his company Drayson Racing Technologies to set a new flying mile FIA
World Electric Land Speed record for the category at 205.139 mph. He
also set a British Land Speed Record for cars of any propulsion type
driven by their wheels and a new standing start quarter mile world
record of 9.742 seconds in October 2013.
Commenting on his Simms Medal award, Lord Drayson said: "I'm very proud
to have been awarded the Simms Medal by the Royal Automobile Club and
I'm delighted we've been able to demonstrate the potential of EV
performance in the most extreme environment. None of this would have
been possible without our partners Qualcomm, Multimatic, Cosworth and
Michelin, innovative companies who had the vision to try this with us."
Ben Cussons, Chairman Motoring Committee of the Royal Automobile Club,
said: "We are pleased to recognise outstanding achievements by the
British automotive industry. Part of the raison d'être of the Royal
Automobile Club has always been the promotion of all things motoring,
never more so than in tough economic times. Drawing attention
to automotive innovation is an important part of our contribution to
this vibrant part of the manufacturing industry.
He added, "The Royal Automobile Club has celebrated many Land Speed
Records achieved by historic British drivers over the decades, from
Segrave to Cobb; Campbell, Noble and Green, with Drayson now joining
this illustrious list. We have honoured Land Speed Records set by
petrol, diesel, steam and gas turbine powered vehicles, and we are now
delighted to add our first electric Land Speed Record to this list."
Drayson Racing Technologies LLP is a research & development business based in the heart of the UK's
world-leading motorsport industry at Kidlington, near Oxford, UK. Lord
Drayson, a science entrepreneur and the UK Minister for Science and
Innovation in the previous government, formed Drayson Racing
Technologies to act as a racing laboratory to pioneer the development
of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motor
sport. Since then, Drayson Racing has achieved a number of notable
firsts racing second-generation biofuels and latterly focusing on the
emerging field of e-racing.
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