Williams Advanced Engineering wins award for Formula E battery innovation
Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering arm of the Williams F1 team, has been recognised for its pioneering work in Formula E having today been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
Now in its fourth season, the Formula E championship has used battery technology designed and built by Williams Advanced Engineering to power all 20 cars on the grid since the series’ inception.
This award recognises Williams success in developing that technology and transferring it to commercial applications beyond the automotive and motorsport sectors.
“We are honoured to have been recognised by Her Majesty with this award for the industry-leading work of Williams Advanced Engineering in delivering a world-first that will light the way for future sustainable transport,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering.
“I pay tribute to our team that has powered Formula E from the beginning at such a high level of innovation, performance, service and reliability.”
In 40 races to date, Williams Advanced Engineering can boast a 99.8% reliability record with its battery, and this has helped the company grow to become one of the world leaders in sustainable battery technology.
The success of the Formula E project means this technology can now be transferred to sectors outside of motorsport, with companies such as Airbus and Aston Martin using Williams Advanced Engineering’s to assist with complex engineering projects involving sustainable energy and mobility.
“Motorsport has traditionally been the test bed for new technologies, particularly in mobility and automotive applications,” continued Wilson. “This next generation of motorsport has already established itself as a technology innovator, with battery technology already feeding into many sectors and growing in importance.
“[The Formula E battery] is the first lithium-ion battery to have passed stringent FIA crash testing regulations. It has also had to meet stringent air safety regulations in order to be transported around the world to support the global calendar of race events.
“Each battery was required to last two full seasons – requiring exceptional reliability for such new technology in challenging racing environments – and they had to be produced in race-ready condition in less than 12 months.”
Image credit: Formula E / video credit: Influence Associates
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