Simms Medal for 2017 Awarded to the HIPERCAR Consortium
The Club is proud to announce that the recipients of the Simms Medal for 2017 is the HIPERCAR Consortium.
Without doubt among the most prestigious honours in recognition of home-grown British automotive engineering talent, the Simms Medal is only awarded in years when the Club’s Dewar and Simms Technical Committee deems there have been contenders of sufficient merit. And 2017 is one such year.
Receiving the Simms Medal was Neil Yates from Ariel Ltd, Nick Carpenter from Delta Motorsport Ltd and Ian Foley from Equipmake Ltd. Together these expert UK-based companies make up the HIPERCAR Consortium, which has collectively developed a new high performance electrified supercar.
In the past, small niche vehicle manufacturers, especially in the high performance sector, have often come up with exciting concepts for new vehicles but then struggled to turn that vision into reality. Ariel has a reputation for producing radically different high performance vehicles and bringing them to market – such as the Atom and Nomad. In developing its next product line and in search of even more extreme performance, as well as a desire to reduce emissions, Ariel realised very quickly that such a vehicle could not use a conventional powertrain.
To deliver this vehicle, known as HIPERCAR (which stands for High Performance Carbon Reduction), Ariel came together with Delta Motorsport and Equipmake to form a very talented and capable consortium. To meet its performance and emissions reduction targets, while also addressing real world customer needs, the package chosen was a range extended, battery powered electric vehicle.
John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar and Simms Technical Committee, said: ‘The HIPERCAR is an outstanding example of next-generation technology and lightning-fast development. If it had been the product of a major international vehicle manufacturer, it would be remarkable enough, but it is the result of three SMEs who have worked together on an immense technical challenge.
‘In bringing to market cutting edge high performance low-carbon technology, the HIPERCAR Consortium is helping to reduce emissions, safeguarding or creating jobs and developing UK automotive capability. As such, we had no hesitation in awarding the group the Simms Medal for 2017.’
On behalf of the HIPERCAR Consortium, Simon Saunders, Director at Ariel, added: ‘I am overjoyed to receive the Simms Medal for 2017. The HIPERCAR Consortium set out to collectively develop an extremely advanced car, one which brings together UK-developed technology in every aspect of its design.
‘Not only is HIPERCAR going to be one of the fastest vehicles in the world but also one of the most cutting edge. The fact that it has been developed in the UK and supported by UK government agencies shows just how important the vehicle and the technology is to us and the UK economy. And we are absolutely delighted that the Royal Automobile Club has recognised our achievements.’