Malcolm Fendick, Head of Clean Fuels and Technology, Department for Transport is to announce the start of a new Hybrid sports car technology partnership at a special conference on Hybrid vehicle technology at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 13th December

Department for Transport announces New Hybrid Sports Car Partnership at Hybrid Vehicle Conference

 Hybrid Sports Car from Westfield
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The new partnership between Westfield Sportscars Ltd. based in Kingswinford, West Midlands, and the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group will explore the potential for hybrid versions of Westfield’s sports car products. Westfield Managing Director, Julian Turner said ‘It is an exciting time for the business, and we are firmly committed to the development and introduction of performance enhancing technology, both in terms of the vehicle dynamics and the environment. The University of Warwick is the ideal partner with which to explore the commercial viability of hybrid technology’. Adrian Vinsome, Project Manager of the Hybrid work at the University of Warwick said, ‘With Westfield we will be looking at both improvements in performance and environmental impact. Our in-house developed tools allow us to rapidly assess a wide range of scenarios to establish the best compromises, and understand the business case that these options present to the company.’

The announcement will be made as part of a prestigious 2 day conference and exhibition on Hybrid Vehicles at the University of Warwick on 12th and 13th of December. It will bring together leaders in the field of hybrid vehicles including experts from industry, academia and government and will be addressed by The Minister for Transport, Stephen Ladyman and Chairman of Advantage West Midlands, Nick Paul. There will also be displays of a range of different hybrid vehicles.

Warwick researcher Adrian Vinsome, who is chairing the conference said: “Some people consider that hybrids are a ’bridge technology’ until something better comes along. However, all evidence points to the fact that it’ll be some years until any technology is mature enough to totally replace the internal combustion engine, and hybrid technology will still be vital”. He echoed Jim Press, President of Toyota USA’s words, who is on record as saying “I think everything will be a hybrid, eventually. It will either be a gas (petrol) hybrid, a diesel hybrid or a fuel-cell hybrid”

The conference is looking at hybrid development from the perspectives of all of the stakeholders - technical, commercial and political. It is hoped that by bringing everyone together in this way, companies, customers and Government can work together to remove barriers, increase activity in the field and stimulate the Region’s economy.

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