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ATP Photo Finder Pro

January 15, 2010

Not really F1 news, but i’ve just taken delivery of an ATP Photo Finder Pro which is a photo geotagging gizmo.

I’ve had a quick play with it and it does exactly what it claims to do, which is a good start. So you can expect photos on our Flikr feed to show you where I was when the photo was taken.
My only gripe about the product is its manual. You’d be better off not having one. It’s so badly written, or translated, that its uninteligable. The support website doesn’t help either, so trial and error it is.

Anyway i’ll see how I get on with it during testing in a couple of weeks.


CTRM to support Lotus F1 Racing build car components

December 3, 2009

Langkawi, 3 December 2009
1Malaysia Racing Team Sdn Bhd (1MRT), the parent company of Lotus F1 Racing team, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) for the latter to undertake research and development (R&D) that includes for the manufacturing of components for the Lotus F1 cars.
1MRT is primarily involved in the engineering and assembling of Lotus F1 cars. With this collaboration, CTRM will be offering its technology and expertise in composites manufacturing to 1MRT and the Lotus F1 Racing. Lotus F1 Racing CEO, Riad Asmat and CTRM Chief Financial Officer Burhanuddin Hilmi signed for their respective companies. The signing, held on the sideline of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2009 here, was witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin. Also present were 1MRT Principal, Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes, CTRM Chairman, YBhg Datuk Wira Syed Ali Tan Sri Syed Abbas AlHabshee and CTRM CEO Datuk Rosdi Mahmud.
Datuk Rosdi said: “CTRM is proud to be collaborating with 1MRT and Lotus F1 Racing and we are excited to see Malaysian-built cars on the race tracks next year. This collaboration will certainly enhance our strategic role to develop high technology-based industry in Malaysia, namely the aerospace and composites industry, and now motorsports.”
1MRT Principal Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes commented: “Today is a historic day as it is going to be the first time a Malaysian company is going to build a Formula 1 car. This shows that Malaysian technology can compete on the world stage. I am sure this collaboration will see both Malaysian companies benefit via technology and expertise transfer.”
Riad explained: “This MOU will facilitate negotiation and discussion between 1MRT and CTRM on matters relating to the collaborative research and development. Lotus F1 Racing has reached many important milestones in preparation for our debut in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2010, with the car having successfully passed our own strict internal crash tests recently. The collaboration between Lotus F1 Racing and CTRM will be a further boost for Lotus F1 Racing’s ongoing technical development and technology transfer to Malaysia.”

Lotus F1 Racing is one step closer towards achieving its target of becoming the best among new teams next season when its cars are placed 18th and 19th – the best positions among the new teams – in the full entry list of constructors and drivers as announced by the FIA on 30 November. The team are still in talks with potential drivers and will make an announcement soon. Announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak in September 2009, Lotus F1 Racing will be one the new additions to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2010 and will bring the legendary Lotus name back into Formula 1 for the first time in over 15 years. Lotus F1 Racing will be flying the Malaysian flag in the championship with full support from the Malaysian Government and its 1Malaysia initiative. The team is fully financed by Malaysian entrepreneurs, which gives the team a strong Malaysian character throughout all areas of its operation.


Kinerstor project aims to demonstrate viability of low cost flywheel hybrid systems

November 25, 2009

Oxford, November 24, 2009. Following the recent announcement of part funding by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board, the partners in the KinerStor project have today announced further details of their collaborative programme to demonstrate the viability of low-cost flywheel hybrid systems. The KinerStor project will be led by Ricardo and will comprise a consortium of industrial partners including CTG, JCB, Land Rover, SKF, Torotrak and Williams Hybrid Power. The project aims to demonstrate the potential of flywheel-based hybrid systems with the potential for 30 per cent fuel savings (and equivalent reductions in CO2 emissions) at an on-cost of less than £1000, thus enabling the mass-market uptake of hybrid vehicles in price sensitive vehicle applications.

The project will research and de-risk the principle critical flywheel sub-systems individually, then bring them together for system optimisation in two forms of proprietary device; a mechanical/magnetic coupled flywheel system developed by Ricardo (known by the trade name Kinergy), and an electrically coupled unit developed by Williams Hybrid Power. The flywheel systems being developed by the KinerStor consortium partners are ideally suited for potential applications in passenger cars ranging from small, price-sensitive mass-market models through to large luxury SUVs, as well as in low-cost compact energy storage systems for application in industrial and construction equipment. The KinerStor project team aims to design, build and test a number of prototype units such that on completion, the developed technologies are ready for vehicle-based installation, testing and demonstration.

The KinerStor consortium brings together a critical mass of relevant skills and expertise in specialist areas, including: advanced flywheel systems, focusing on new material technologies including low-cost composite fibres and specialist steels; continuously variable transmissions; bearing and coupling design; drivetrain integration; and volume vehicle manufacturing. The project’s structure will allow for the development of common core technology solutions which can be tailored to the individual needs of vehicle manufacturers, maximising potential fuel saving and CO2 emission reduction benefits.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Ricardo group technology director Neville Jackson said: “The development of highly optimised flywheel based technology offers the prospectof the effective and low-cost hybridisation of price-sensitive vehicle applications with consequent benefits to fuel economy and CO2 emissions reduction. Ricardo is pleased to be able to lead the KinerStor consortium which brings together a crucial mass of skills and expertise in this important area of future automotive technology.”

The KinerStor project is supported by an investment from the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board with balancing resources provided by the project partners.