Oxford Brookes founding partner of Sustainable MotoExpoBy Oxford Brookes The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment Aug 08, 2013 6:01PM UTC
Sustainable MotoExpo, one of the largest and most varied sustainable and eco-friendly motoring events, will take place at the internationally renowned National Motor Museum, Beaulieu this year. Together with live electric vehicle (EV) demonstrations, displays of the latest electric and hybrid cycles, cars and motorbikes there is a full programme of seminars and debates, with education playing a major theme of the event.
Organised by Eco-Motorsport Ltd, Sustainable MotoExpo will include a strong presence from universities and colleges who focus on automotive and motorsport engineering. They will be showcasing their latest research and technology. For anyone thinking about pursuing a career in the automotive and/or motor sports industry, course leaders, career advisors and students will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide advice on the various options available.
One of the educational establishments taking part in Sustainable MotoExpo this year is Oxford Brookes University, which has one of the strongest motor sport engineering courses in the world and gives students the opportunity to enter a race series while studying. Oxford Brookes was the winning UK team at Formula Student 2012, the world’s largest student motorsport competition, and will be displaying their vehicle. Members of the team will also be present.
Professor Allan Hutchinson, Head of the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre, Oxford Brookes University, says: “As a founding partner of the Sustainable MotoExpo and an Education partner, Oxford Brookes University is looking forward to being involved in the further development of the project at the 2013 event to be held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. We plan to be fully engaged in the programme and development in the exiting motorsport challenge events. We will be measuring energy use as well as speed as core metrics, therefore winning will no longer be solely dependent on getting around the circuit the fastest, how we use energy and how we preserve it will be equally as important.”
The two-day event will feature a 400m circuit with live electric vehicle (EV) demonstrationsof the latest electric and hybrid cycles, cars and motorbikes. In addition, there will be a full programme of seminars and debates about all aspects of e-motor sport and of the development of low carbon and EVs as city transport. This year, the debating programme willinclude teams from higher and further education institutions as well as schools. Both the heats and final rounds will be held at Sustainable MotoExpo. A number of the event’scommercial partners will mentor the individual teams in their arguments, ensuring an entertaining and well-prepared discussion. Seminar topics include: 24-hour Endurance Racing, The FIA’s Formula E Electric High Performance Race Series, Land Speed Record Breaking, The Car and the City, and UK Motor Sport in 2013 and Beyond.