Major motorsport battery contract for STC member Delta

Silverstone Technology Cluster

15th August 2019

STC member Delta Motorsport will supply batteries for new hybrid systems being introduced into one of the world’s biggest motorsport arenas.

Delta will design, develop and manufacture the batteries for Cosworth’s hybrid system that will be fitted to cars in the British Touring Car Championship in the next couple of years.

Delta Co-Founder Simon Dowson said: “Essentially we are a component partner to Cosworth in this. It is a very sophisticated battery system that’s required – motorsport environments and requirements are a challenge and the duty cycle that the battery system goes through is a lot greater than in a road vehicle. But we will be able to utilise a technology that Delta has been developing in a high performance vehicle application.”

Delta has previously run its own team in motorsport, competing and winning in GT and sportscar racing at an international level.

Simon added: “This is a feather in our cap. The BTCC is the UK’s premier motor racing championship – in fact it’s one of the most famous in the world.

“Working with a brand such as Cosworth could really be a springboard for future motorsport technologies and our involvement in those.”

Delta is already renowned globally for its electric and hybrid vehicle technologies in the automotive, marine and defence sectors.

It recently expanded at Silverstone Park by over 10,000 sq ft – taking its overall ‘footprint’ on site to 18,500 sq ft.

This has also enabled it to venture into autonomous vehicle technology projects with the likes of former Formula 1 title winning car designer Gordon Murray.

Since Simon and fellow director Nick Carpenter founded the company at Silverstone Park in 2005, the company has grown to employ nearly 50 full-time staff.

The BTCC’s hybrid contract is also a big win for Northampton based Cosworth whose history in motorsport innovation figured heavily in original research and evidence that uncovered the true existence of a technology cluster in the region around Silverstone – the STC!

“Being appointed to supply the new hybrid system for BTCC is an important validation for the ground-breaking work we are carrying out in hybrid technology,” commented Cosworth’s Managing Director Electronics Tom Buckler.

“As a tier one supplier to the automotive industry, Cosworth Electronics is leading the way in this area.”

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