Thursday, September 12, 2013

Drayson Racing distributing QUalcomm Halo technology to the Motorsport industry

Drayson Racing and Qualcomm Halo have signed a deal to "include Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in [Drayson]'s products."  Hurm, I didn't know Drayson Racing had products, I just thought they were a racing team. 

In any case the press release says that Drayson Racing will be able to "make and supply products including Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology to customers in the motorsport and automotive sectors,"

Given that Formula E, a racing series in which Drayson has a team, recently signed a deal with Qualcomm Halo making them technical advisers .. one wonders what role Drayson Racing played in hooking them up?  This is idle speculation - but suppose that Drayson Racing is a middleman between Qualcomm Halo and Formula E?  I have no proof of that just putting two facts next to each other and seeing how they fit together.

FWIW Drayson Racing has had Qualcomm Halo technology in their race car for a long time.

Announcing our new wireless agreement with Qualcomm Inc

Drayson Racing Technologies LLP, the low-carbon motorsport and electric vehicle R&D business, today announced that it has entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) licence agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated to include Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its products.
Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology enables the wireless charging of electric vehicles via a pad in parking space. It is a technology that is likely to radically improve EV infrastructure and uptake. Revolutionary dynamic wireless charge-on-the-move systems are also being developed.

The licence agreement enables DRT to make and supply products including Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology to customers in the motorsport and automotive sectors.

The license agreement builds upon the Oxford-based firm’s role as an Official WEVC Performance Motorsport Development Partner for Qualcomm Halo technology in high performance motorsport.

Qualcomm Europe Inc. announced in January this year its sponsorship of the Drayson Racing Team to promote Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology during the launch phase of the new FIA Formula E Championship.

DRT has been testing a specially developed 20kW, high power Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system on the Drayson B12/69EV prototype electric racing car. DRT is developing systems for use on road going EVs and for electric racing cars that will participate in the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship.

DRT and Qualcomm Europe have been rigorously testing the Qualcomm Halo WEVC system. Testing has taken place during high-speed trials and under racing conditions, including setting a new hill-climb electric vehicle record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and establishing a new world land speed record (subject to FIA homologation) in June of this year for sub-1000kg electric cars.

Lord Drayson, founder and CEO of Drayson Racing Technologies said:
“We are delighted to announce this further development in our relationship with Qualcomm, a global leader in wireless technologies. Qualcomm’s commitment to innovation makes it a perfect fit for Drayson Racing Technologies and our shared commitment to sustainable technology development through motorsport competition. We are looking forward to applying this breakthrough technology to the next generation of high performance electric road and racing cars”.

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