Valuable business growth in R&D and technology will be
created with new sectors. A roadmap, which signposts the
direction of future motorsport technology through to 2025,
has been released today by the Motorsport Industry
Association (MIA), for wider consultation and input.
"The successful effect, which the Automotive Council
technology roadmap has had on the UK automotive industry,
over the past two years, is most impressive," said
Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA. "For this Motorsport
Technology Roadmap, we invite all in the business of
motorsport to share their thoughts with others. By working
together, our sector can deliver these ambitions more
effectively and to mutual benefit.
"In due course, we expect our roadmap will highlight
valuable 'crossover' points, when our technology
path is ahead, or level, with that of the automotive sector
and others. When these are spotted and highlighted,
motorsport companies can secure valuable R&D partnerships
with major OEM, or Tier Ones, to accelerate these
Other UK sectors have created similar roadmaps recently. In
general, the clear, strategic direction provided, which
will bring increased trade and employment, has successfully
encouraged funding to be made available from government and
The initial MIA Motorsport Technology Roadmap was
researched and written by Ricardo, the world-leading
engineering consultancy. It defines future motorsport
development in five key areas - engine, transmission and
driveline, vehicle, energy management and intelligent
transportation systems. The MIA has circulated the relevant
Automotive Council roadmap, written by Ricardo for the
NAIGT, to demonstrate relevant technology plans for
automotive, by way of comparison.
The initial MIA Roadmap forecasts that engine
downsizing/down-speeding, direct injection, advanced
boosting systems and energy recovery/split cycle will grow
in importance. Hybrid transmissions, energy storage,
lightweight structures, telemetry, moveable aerodynamics,
thermal management and waste heat recovery systems are
among other predicted areas of development. It predicts
that electrification of braking systems, enclosed cockpits
and covered wheels will become important from 2014
"The MIA has released this consultation draft of our
roadmap, which Ricardo created after discussion with
selected motorsport technology leaders, as a start point
only," said Chris Aylett. "Innovation in
motorsport occurs quickly. We wish to catch - at high
level, not in detail - the likely directions of technology
travel, relevant to motorsport, to attract new business and
funding to companies in our sector."
"This will highlight the valuable, strategic role
which rule changes from motorsport governing bodies can
play. They can, pro-actively, help our industry by creating
technical rules, which in discussion with suppliers,
encourage developments which are relevant to other
sectors' technology plans - particularly automotive.
This will, in turn, attract more sponsorship and business
engagement from those companies."
The expanding business opportunities being created in the
UK automotive industry include the recent news that Jaguar
Land Rover has recently created another 2,000 engineering
jobs, while both the Nissan and General Motors UK plants
are to build new models and the Toyota plant is expanding,
"The MIA serves its growing membership, and the wider
industry, by developing strategic plans which help develop
their business," continued Aylett. "Knowledge we
gain from our diverse, international membership identifies
business trends and issues well ahead of time. We attack
new target markets early, gaining the first foothold such
as Off-Road in the USA, and new sectors through our
Motorsport to Defence, Automotive and Marine initiatives.
Developing a relevant Technology Roadmap is another
important strategic objective, which we have created and
will lead on."
"Ricardo is a world leader in innovation and
technology, and our technology roadmap process is embedded
at the core of our company and has been successfully
employed at many of our customers," said Steve
Sapsford, Ricardo's global market sector director.
"Ricardo was approached by the MIA to develop a
roadmap for motorsport, to provide its members and the
industry with the high-level direction necessary to
influence future investments in products and services. The
aim is to forecast those likely technologies that need to
be developed, across the various systems, in response to
industry drivers, such as cost, sustainability, efficiency
and road relevance. Since new technology is always being
developed, this roadmap is a living document, continuously
being updated to keep pace."
"We call for comment, observations and ideas from all
engaged in the technology of the motorsport industry,"
said Aylett. "All such input will make this map more
robust and relevant; it is restless and will never cease to
be constantly reviewed, and publicised, so that all can
benefit from our findings.
The full version of this press release can be viewed at
MIA web site