UK Motorsport Leads the World, On and Off the Track

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The sector contributes £9billion/year to #finances #GDP & over 80% of motorsport companies are #exporters. It’s a very high tech, mega value-add, top skill #industry. And it is a superbly successful #innovation and #incubation hub for UK #business.

We also lead the world in road going supercars too, so great to see the new Gordon Murray designed 3 seat, £2.8m, T50 complete with 650 bhp from a gorgeous new 4 litre #Cosworth V12 & an #Xtrac 6 speed manual gearbox. It’s only dinky- #Porsche Boxster sized- so perfect for the UK’s narrow roads. Even #Lotus’s legendary Colin Chapman, the undisputed King of light weighting in fibreglass, would have found Murray’s latest composite supercar jaw dropping.. tipping the scales at just 986KG! Or 400 KG less than even the lightest #McClarens. 325KG lighter than the Boxster. Chapman’s budget wouldn’t have permitted a carbon fibre body, or a bespoke state-of-the-art V12, granted, but this is still a staggering #British #technological, packaging & #engineering achievement.

More importantly, just as the #Mini, #Concorde, #RAF #Jaguar XJ6 & #JCB backhoe/loader inspired me into engineering, this will inspire the next generation of #STEM #technicians and #engineers. #IMechE #MIA #IET

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