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:: Representatives from Mercedes F1, Reventec and RML receive prestigious motorsport industry awards
:: 10th anniversary of the World Motorsport Symposium
:: Event founders recognised for contribution to motorsport

The tenth anniversary of the RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium saw an all-star line-up of senior engineers and designers gathered in Birmingham for the prestigious annual awards dinner.

Reigning Formula One World Constructors’ Champion Mercedes added to its silverware collection, with the team’s head of aerodynamics, Mike Elliott, scooping the Dino Toso Racecar Aerodynamicist of The Year award, for his work on the W05 Hybrid.

Meanwhile, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrain managing director Andy Cowell won the Racing Engine Designer of The Year award for the car’s PU106A powerplant.

The Most Innovative New Motorsport Product of The Year category saw an exceptionally strong field this year, drawing products from a wide range of engineering disciplines. In the end, it was Reventec’s TMR Non-Contact Linear Position Sensor which won the accolade, with the judges noting its combination of precision and miniaturisation.

New for 2014 comes the Most Innovative Engine Design of The Year award. This recognises ground-breaking advances, which push the boundaries of racing engine design. The inaugural prize went to Arnaud Martin of RML, for the three-cylinder turbocharged engine used in the Nissan ZEOD RC. Sophisticated design techniques kept the 400bhp engine down to less than half the weight of a contemporary Formula One engine, without resorting to the use of exotic materials.

Publishing director Soheila Kimberley and editor William Kimberley of RACE TECH magazine, who organise the World Motorsport Symposium, were also recognised. Longstanding event chairmen John Iley and Ulrich Baretzky presented them with a special limited-edition Michael Turner print to celebrate the tenth RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium and their service to the motorsport industry.

Since 2005, the event has attracted some of the most influential figures in the international motorsport industry. It provides a discussion forum for those operating at the very highest level of the sport, which has seen the birth of landmark concepts such as the Global Race Engine, the DeltaWing and Lord Drayson’s proposal for an electric racing series.

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