2015 Dewar Trophy awarded to GKN Hybrid Power

  • DEWAR TROPHY FOR 2015 AWARDED TO GKN HYBRID POWER

    GKN Hybrid Power has been honoured with the Dewar Trophy for the development and application to buses of Gyrodrive technology.

    Arguably the most prestigious honours in recognition of home-grown British automotive engineering talent, the Dewar Trophy is only awarded in years when the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Technical Committee deems there have been contenders of sufficient merit. This is one such year.

    The Dewar Trophy was presented to GKN Hybrid Power General Manager, Gordon Day, for his team’s development and application to buses of Gyrodrive – a motor sport-derived technology that delivers fuel and emissions savings in multiple commercial applications including buses, trucks and trains.

    The first commercial application has been in buses across several UK cities, delivering greater fuel efficiencies to the tune of around 20 per cent, alongside reduced vehicle emissions. This same technology offers affordable efficiency gains across a wide range of future applications, with the simple principle that the energy storage flywheel, which sits at the heart of the technology, is able to convert energy traditionally lost as heat into recyclable rotational kinetic energy.

    Awarding the 2015 trophy to GKN Hybrid Power was a unanimous decision for experts on the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Technical Committee, chaired by John Wood MBE. Previous winners of the Dewar Trophy, which has a lineage dating back to 1906, include Rolls-Royce in 1907 for its 40.5hp engine; the British Motor Corporation and Alec Issigonis for the original Mini in 1959; McLaren in 2013 for the P1 and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains for the 2014 PU106A Hybrid Formula 1 power unit.

    John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee, said:

    'GKN’s investment in affordable hybrid technology paves the way for the development of fuel saving vehicles in many new markets around the world. The Dewar Trophy, presented to GKN in recognition of this outstanding technical achievement, is a testament to the engineers who envisaged how a motor sport technology could have real advantages in the commercial world.'

    Receiving the Dewar Trophy, Gordon Day, General Manager, GKN Hybrid Power, said:

    'It is a great honour to be recognised with such a prestigious award. Our work to drive forward development of our electric flywheel energy storage technology – from motor sport to mainstream transportation – is something of which we are particularly proud. The team at GKN Hybrid Power is committed to continued evolution of our core technology, and to meeting the challenges of delivering this innovative solution for reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency across transport industry networks.'

  • The Dewar Trophy

    The Dewar Trophy was presented to the Royal Automobile Club in 1904 by Sir Thomas Dewar, MP (later Lord Dewar), and was to be awarded at the discretion of the Club’s Technical Committee for the most meritorious performance by an automobile manufacturer in the Certified Trials held by the Club.

    The first recipients of the award in 1906 were Dennis Brothers Limited of Guildford, whose 20hp car covered a distance of 4000 miles. It was awarded 19 times during the years 1906 to 1929, there being some years when it was considered that no performance had been recorded of sufficient merit to warrant the award.

    In 1931 the award was updated to reflect 'the most outstanding technical achievement accomplished during that year under the competition rules of the Club'. No award was made under these new terms, however, until 1950 – when it went to the Rover Company for the production and performance of the Rover Gas Turbine Powered Car.

    The Trophy was not awarded again until 1957, at which time the terms were again changed to those which prevail to this day, namely: 'for an outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive field during the preceding year'.

    The award is held in as high regard today as it was in the earliest years of the 20th century, with recent winners including the JCB Dieselmax world diesel land speed record breaker, Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines for its Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) and Lotus Engineering for its Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) chassis technology.

  • Dewar

    Thomas Robert 'Tommy' Dewar was born in 1864 in Perth, Scotland. His was a relatively privileged background, due to the success of his father’s distillery, John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. He earned his education in Perth, as well as in Edinburgh and, after an unsuccessful attempt at farming, entered the family business.

    After his father's death, ‘Tommy’ worked with his brother at the head of the firm, investing his charisma and business acumen to great effect and making Dewar’s a global success. Visiting 26 countries, over the course of two years, the Dewar's brand was put on the map as one of the premiere Scotch Whiskies. Dewar himself meanwhile kept a journal of his travels which were consolidated and published in the book titled, Ramble Round the Globe, published by Chatto and Windus in 1894.

    With his travelling days behind him, Dewar entered political life; being elected as the Conservative member for Tower Hamlets in 1900. He successfully bred racehorses and sponsored prizes for association football and cycling as well as taking a keen interest in the burgeoning automotive industry and inaugurating the Dewar Trophy.

    Dewar was knighted in 1902, created a Baronet, of Homestall Manor in the Parish of East Grinstead in the County of East Sussex, in 1917 and raised to the peerage as Baron Dewar, of Homestall in the County of Sussex in 1919. He died in 1930, when the baronetcy and barony became extinct.

  • Contact Jemma Rapson

    Email jemma.rapson@royalautomobileclub.co.uk

    Telelphone 01372 229 604

  • The Dewar Trophy Technical Committee has been set up to study automotive engineering excellence and determines if the candidates meet the strict terms of reference for the awarding of the Trophy in a particular year.

    The current members of the Dewar Trophy Technical Committee are:

    John Wood MBE, Chairman (Ex-Chief Executive of MIRA, Previous President of IMechE)

    Charles Armstrong-Wilson (Freelance Journalist specialising in Motorsport)

    Jim Chaudry (Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee)

    Ben Cussons (Royal Automobile Club)

    Karl Ludvigsen (Best-selling Motorsport Author)

    Alec Osborn (Engineering Consultant, Previous President of IMechE)

    Pat Symonds (Chief Technical Officer of Williams F1)

    Steve Cropley (Editor in Chief, Autocar)

  • GKN Hybrid Power is the 2015 recipient of the Dewar Trophy for the development and application to buses of Gyrodrive technology.

    Arguably the most prestigious honours in recognition of home-grown British automotive engineering talent, the Dewar Trophy is only awarded in years when the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Technical Committee deems there have been contenders of sufficient merit. This is one such year.

    The Dewar Trophy was presented to GKN Hybrid Power General Manager, Gordon Day, for his team’s development and application to buses of Gyrodrive – a motor sport-derived technology that delivers fuel and emissions savings in multiple commercial applications including buses, trucks and trains.

    The first commercial application has been in buses across several UK cities, delivering greater fuel efficiencies to the tune of around 20 per cent, alongside reduced vehicle emissions. This same technology offers affordable efficiency gains across a wide range of future applications, with the simple principle that the energy storage flywheel, which sits at the heart of the technology, is able to convert energy traditionally lost as heat into recyclable rotational kinetic energy.

    Awarding the 2015 trophy to GKN Hybrid Power was a unanimous decision for experts on the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Technical Committee, chaired by John Wood MBE. Previous winners of the Dewar Trophy, which has a lineage dating back to 1906, include Rolls-Royce in 1907 for its 40.5hp engine; the British Motor Corporation and Alec Issigonis for the original Mini in 1959; McLaren in 2013 for the P1 and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains for the 2014 PU106A Hybrid Formula 1 power unit.

    John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee, said:

    “GKN’s investment in affordable hybrid technology paves the way for the development of fuel saving vehicles in many new markets around the world. The Dewar Trophy, presented to GKN in recognition of this outstanding technical achievement, is a testament to the engineers who envisaged how a motor sport technology could have real advantages in the commercial world.”

    Receiving the Dewar Trophy, Gordon Day, General Manager, GKN Hybrid Power, said:

    “It is a great honour to be recognised with such a prestigious award. Our work to drive forward development of our electric flywheel energy storage technology – from motor sport to mainstream transportation – is something of which we are particularly proud. The team at GKN Hybrid Power is committed to continued evolution of our core technology, and to meeting the challenges of delivering this innovative solution for reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency across transport industry networks.”

  • 2015

    GKN Hybrid Power for the development and application to buses of Gyrodrive technology

    2014

    Mercedes AMG High Performance Power Trains for the development of its Formula One world championship- winning Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid power unit

    2013

    McLaren Automotive - development and launch of its advanced sell-out McLaren P1™ supercar

    2012

    Ford Motor Company - development of the 1.0-litre Eco-Boost engine.

    2009

    Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines - Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS)

    2008

    Group Lotus plc - development of its Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) Chassis technology as exemplified in the Lotus Evora sportscar

    2006

    The JCB Dieselmax team - development of the world diesel land speed record-breaking ‘JCB DIESELMAX’ streamliner

    2005

    Ricardo plc - work on the development of the Dual Clutch Transmission technology as exemplified by the DCT and Active 4WD for the Bugatti Veyron

    2004

    Delphi Corporation - development of their twin-floating disc ‘Maximum Torque Brake’ system

    2003

    Jaguar Cars - development of the all-aluminium body structure for the new XJ Series

    2002

    Ricardo plc - development of its I-MoGen (Intelligent Motor Generator) mild hybrid vehicle

    1997

    MIRA, the Motor Industry Research Association - development of the M-SIS, Side Impact Simulation System

    1995

    Rover Group Limited - development of the Holovision system to measure and understand the vibration behaviour and their component parts in order to improve vehicle refinement

    1985

    Lucas Girling Limited - development of anti-lock braking systems for cars, trucks and motorcycles leading to production of the low cost Stop Control System (SCS) for front wheel drive cars

    1984

    BL Technology Limited, and the Design Team led by C S King, CBE - a convincing demonstration of automobile design possibilities providing opportunities for significant energy savings as embodied in the experimental vehicle ECV3

    1981

    BL Cars Limited - efficiency in automobile design in respect of the utilisation of interior space and predicted low cost of ownership of the Austin Metro Car

    1977

    The Triplex Safety Glass Company Limited - development, manufacture and application to production automobiles of the Ten Twenty safety glass as an outstanding contribution to the safety of automobile occupants

    1973

    The Dunlop Company Limited - development of DENOVO fail-safe tyre and wheel system, as an outstanding contribution to road safety

    1972

    The British Leyland Motor Corporation (Truck and Bus Division) - design, development and construction of the Leyland National Bus which represents a radical new approach to the development of a public service vehicle incorporating maximum pay-load and security at minimal cost and maintenance

    1971

    The British Leyland Motor Corporation, coupled with the name of Mr P M Wilkes - advanced development in Automobile design as exemplified by the Range Rover

    1969

    Mr Keith Duckworth, BSc., ACGI, - design of the Ford Formula 1 engine which has retained the supremacy of British engineering in Grand Prix racing

    1967

    The Motor Industry Research Association - for carrying out research and initiating development of the load proportioning system of braking to prevent ‘jack-knifing’ of articulated vehicles

    1963

    Coventry Climax Engines Limited - for design, development and production of engines which have brought British cars to the forefront of Grand Prix racing

    1959

    British Motor Corporation and Alec Issigonis - Advanced development in automobile design, as exemplified by the Morris Mini-Minor and Austin Seven

    1958

    G A Vandervell - Design, development, production and performance of the Vanwall car

    1957

    The Dunlop Rubber Company Limited - work on disc brakes and research and development of tyres for the M G car, which secured various international speed records

    1952

    Sunbeam-Talbot Limited - Performance in 1952 International Alpine Rally

    1951

    Jaguar Cars Limited - Performance in four major international events

    1950

    The Rover Company Limited - Production and performance of the gas turbine powered car

    1929

    Miss V Cordery - Invicta chassis – 30,000 miles

    1928

    C B Wardman - Mercedes Benz heavy oil lorry. Consumption and reliability

    1926

    Violet Cordery - Invicta Car – 5,000 miles

    1925

    Rover Company Limited - 13,96h.p. car. Fifty ascents and descents of Bwlch-y-Groes- Merionethshire

    1923

    Rapson Tyre and Jack Company Limited - Rapson cord tyres – 40,000 miles trial

    1922

    Armstrong-Siddeley Motors Limited - 10,000 miles trial

    1921

    John I Thornycroft and Company Limited – ‘BT’ type lorry

    1920

    The National Benzole Company Limited - 10,000 miles trial

    1914

    The National Steam Company Limited - National coke fuel motor lorry consumption tests

    1913

    F.S. Bennett Limited - 1914 model 32.2hp Cadillac car.

    1911

    The Thomas Transmission Limited - 2,000 miles trial of a lorry and London-Edinburgh and back trial of 13.96hp car. Both fitted with Thomas Transmission

    1910

    F Edge - 59.9hp Napier. London to Edinburgh and back top-gear trial

    1909

    The Daimler Company Limited - Two sleeve-valve engines of 22.8hp and 34.4hp respectively. 132 hours’ bench test and 2,000 miles on Brooklands track

    1908

    The Anglo-American Motor Company Limited - Standardisation test of three 10hp Cadillac cars

    1907

    Rolls-Royce Limited - 40.50hp Rolls-Royce. 15,000 miles

    1906

    Dennis Bros. Limited - 20hp Dennis Car. 4,000 miles

  • How to Apply for 2015

    The Royal Automobile Club is keen to hear from potential contenders for the Dewar Trophy in 2015. The Dewar Trophy, which was first awarded in 1906, goes to an outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive field during the preceding year or one that is known to have reached a significant stage of development, application or utilisation during the year.

    For 2015, entries for the Dewar Trophy are invited in the following categories:

    • Internal combustion engine cycle efficiency improvements
    • Vehicle electronics and electric systems
    • Intelligent transport systems
    • Material developments
    • Safety and sustainability
    • Race car technology

     

    The Dewar Technical Sub-Committee requires properly authenticated information about British achievements in research, development, design, manufacture, utilisation or performance (or any combination of these). For nomination and submission guidelines, please email Jemma Rapson or telephone 01372 229627. 

    The recipients of the Dewar Trophy will be decided by the seven-man Dewar Technical Sub-Committee, chaired by John Wood, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club's Awards Sub-Committee, former Chief Executive of MIRA and a past President of the IMechE. The other committee members are:

    • Ben Cussons (Chairman, Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee)
    • Pat Symonds (Marussia F1 technical consultant)
    • Alec Osborn (Engineering Consultant and past President of the IMechE)
    • Charles Armstrong-Wilson (Freelance Journalist specialising in motor sport)
    • Karl Ludvigsen (Best-selling motor sport author)