This event will inform the audience on the current status of electric motorsport and offer some insights into the design and technology currently in use.

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme. You will earn five hours of CPD.

Speaker Biographies


Angus Lyon, Director, Rockfort Engineering

Angus has over 20 years of experience within the automotive and motorsport industries. Working for Land Rover, BMW, Prodrive and championship winning F1 teams Honda/Brawn and Renault, Angus gained a strong and in-depth understanding of all areas of active vehicle systems from suspension to engine and transmissions. In the last 6 years Angus has developed electric motors and EV systems for Protean and Drayson Technologies including the world land speed record holding Drayson B12 EV race car. In 2013, Angus setup Rockfort Engineering Ltd, a vehicle systems and safety consultancy specialising in EV/HEV technologies for both road and race applications.

  Steve Sapsford  

Keynote speaker

Steve Sapsford, Ricardo

"Racing in an Electrified World"

Steve Sapsford joined Ricardo in 1986 after graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University and worked initially in 1-D gas dynamics simulation. He then moved to the Refinement Centre where he worked on the application of 1-D gas dynamics to exhaust and intake noise prediction using WAVE. He formed the CFD applications group in 1993 working principally on coolant, in-cylinder and manifold flows.

In 2005, Steve went on to run Ricardo Software, supplying many OEMs and motorsport companies with analysis software to optimise engine performance and design, and then, in 2007, he was promoted to Global Product Group Director for all gasoline engine business in 2007.

In 2010 he became the Global Market Sector Director for high performance vehicles, and in 2014 he became the Business Strategy Director for the Technical Consulting business.


Mike Edwards, Meteor power

"Electric Power Drives Motorcycle Design and Innovation Faster than Four-wheels"

Having started out converting the data logging system from a Lotus F1 car for use on aircraft Mike was side-tracked with a successful career as Director of Global Technology Strategy for a leading Investment Bank and a decade running a niche consulting organisation specialising in business and technology strategy. After a short motorcycle racing career Mike becoming team manager competing at British and World Superbike events before being seeing the opportunity in improving motorcycle performance through the use of electric drive trains. Many years spent asking ‘Why can’t we just…” and then answering the same awkward questions has resulted in a host of innovations in electric and hybrid powertrains, motorcycle chassis design, rapid charging, etc.

David Greenwood  

David Greenwood, WMG

"Electrification: The Design and Manufacturing of Cells for High Performance Battery Systems"

Professor David Greenwood leads the Advanced Propulsion Systems team at WMG which covers a wide remit of related areas within Energy Storage (Battery Systems); Energy Conversion (Electric Machines; Power Electronics); and Energy Management. He leads WMG's activities as the Advanced Propulsion Centre's Electrical Energy Storage Spoke, and also provides academic leadership for the development of R&D activities within the National Automotive Innovation Centre.

Professor Greenwood is a Board Member at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and a member of the Automotive Council Technology Group. He is also a member of the EPSRC's Energy Scientific Advisory Committee and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Advisory Board.

Professor Greenwood joined WMG in 2014 from Ricardo UK Ltd where he was Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems, leading advanced technology projects in passenger cars, defence, motorsport and the clean energy markets. Strategic projects at Ricardo included the preparation of automotive industry technology roadmaps and research priorities for the NAIGT (New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team), TSB and Automotive Council.


Jason King, Chief Engineer, Integral Powertrain

"Applying High Performance Motors to Next Generation Electric Race and Road Cars"

Jason started at Perkins Engines in 1992, followed by 9 years at Cosworth from 1997 to 2006. He joined Ricardo UK as one of the Chief Engineers in the Hybrid & Electric Systems Product Groups, leading the mild hybrid ADEPT and HyBoost projects. Since joining Integral Powertrain Ltd he has been responsible for multiple electric motor design and development projects. Integral Powertrain has world leading capability in electric machines, hybridisation and boosting technology.


Neil Cheeseman, Continental Engineering Services

"Electrifying Motorsport"

Neil is currently Head of Business Development at Continental Engineering Services (CES), which incorporates the motorsport brand Zytek. Zytek as a company were formed in 1981 to develop a range of electronic solutions for motorsport, including engine management systems, electronic gear shift systems and energy recovery systems (including pure electric traction systems) and can count many significant firsts in this field, including:-
• First energy recovery system to enter Le Mans
• First energy recover system in F1 to win a race
• First battery ERS outside F1 to win a championship
• First manufacturer electric traction system to win a race in Formula E

In addition to the motorsport, Neil is also responsible worldwide for all business development for the Vehicle Electrification segment within CES, encompassing a wide range of engineering services and product development & manufacture activities. Using experience gained from almost 20 years in mainstream vehicle electrification & hybridisation, Neil is uniquely placed to provide a historical perspective on our progress to date, but also to propose how we are to meet the upcoming wholescale objectives of mainstream zero emission transportation.


Iain Wight, Williams Advanced Engineering

"Next Generation Electric Vehicle Platform"

Iain Wight is the Business Development Director for Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group.
Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, and manufacturing services to deliver energy efficient performance to the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, defence and healthcare sectors.
Iain started his career as an electronics engineer, working on aircraft navigation systems, before moving into a commercial role in automotive systems with multinational German engineering company, Bosch. In 1995, he took a step towards motorsport as Sales Manager for the rapidly expanding control and data acquisition company, Pi Research. Following on from there in 2003, Iain was appointed Business Development Director for Ricardo Motorsport moving to the position of Director of Transmission Systems before joining Williams in July 2017.
Iain is also Chairman of the Motorsports Industry Association, having served on the committee since 2010.


Simon Holloway, RML

"The challenges of breaking EV records"

Simon Holloway originally qualified as an electronics engineer and using this expertise moved into sales, holding a number of senior sales positions including European Sales Director at PRI Automation. Combining a passion for motorsport and his commercial ability Simon lead diversification into many emerging sectors as Business Development Manager for Cosworth.
Simon joined RML Group in 2014 as Commercial Director in charge of Sales, Marketing, PR and Customer Support functions. Instrumental in the procurement of the BTCC supply contract and key in the development of RML Group’s Energy Storage Design and Manufacturing Facility, Simon was also influential in producing the company’s latest high profile electric supercar.

(Presentation titles and speakers are subject to change)