From Combustion to Electric - the Motoring Lectures

On Tuesday 30 October, the Club hosted a series of Motoring Lectures at Pall Mall, bringing together some of the finest experts in the field of motoring and motorsport.

The lectures, which took place during the London Motor Week celebrations, were open to both members and non-members, and provided access to some of the biggest names in the industry.

Headlining the event was three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and current Formula E Team Principal, Allan McNish.

McNish provided a fascinating insight into the technologies currently being developed and used in Formula E, and said “From petrol to diesel, diesel to hybrid to fully battery electric cars in just eleven years, a rate of change that I never thought I’d see in my lifetime – it’s a new exciting era”.

McNish delivered an interesting presentation, from Audi’s move from Le Mans to the Formula E Championship – the first fully electric racing series in the world, which takes place on street tracks specifically designed for the championship in major cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin and New York. McNish enthusiastically championed the race series, and how the technical development is actively being adapted to benefit the future of the mass production road car.

He said “There are more manufacturers competing in Formula E than any other racing championship in the world. The technical development in the Audi e-tron provides increased range, lightweight construction, efficiency and performance which is filtering down to the road car. By 2025 Audi will have twelve fully battery road cars and 33% of all Audis will be electric”.

Other guest speakers included Bob Owen; Head of Legislation for the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club, who explored the changing legislation relating to classic cars and its future effects, while acclaimed author and tractor expert, Stuart Gibbard, revealed the symbiotic relationship between Aston Martin cars and David Brown tractors in his lecture. Gibbard revealed the fascinating relationship between English industrialist David Brown, the owner of David Brown tractors, and the luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin – the legacy of which is still so prevalent today in its latest models. Finally, Mike Bishop, Land Rover specialist at Jaguar Classic, spoke about the rich history of the Land Rover going right back to the very first Series 1.

To view images from this year’s London Motor Week, please click here.

To see the events taking place during London Motor Week, please click here.

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