Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London
We've already had 1000bhp supercars, 250mph supercars and
£10m supercars. Over the next decade the genre — vital to the British car
industry — faces its biggest challenge: to make itself relevant in the new age
of electrification and connectivity.
How will manufacturers cope? What will their future cars be
like? Above all, how can these cars of the future grab the attention of a confirmed
and very conservative body of petrolhead owners and potential owners? Our panel
explores these burning questions.
18:00 - Registration
18:30 - Panel Discussion Begins
20:00 - Panel Discussion Ends
Andy Palmer: Vehicle Line Director - Ultimate Series, McLaren
McLaren’s Andy Palmer (not to be
confused with the Dr Andy Palmer of another British luxury car company) is
responsible for the development of the Ultimate Series of high performance
vehicles for McLaren Automotive. He joined the company in 2013 to assist in the
development of new product and has since been responsible for the establishment
of the Sports Series range of cars — led by the 570S — and for delivery of the
McLaren Senna. He was engineering director of Ford’s Joint Venture in Russia,
FordSollers, and before that he worked on the global Ford Focus, with
responsibility for engineering its interior & exterior. He has a degree in
aeronautical engineering, a masters in mechanical engineering and is passionate
about all forms of vehicle engineering. He is also an avid collector of classic
cars, mainly Porsches.
Julian Thomson: Creative Design Director, Jaguar Land Rover
Julian Thomson is Jaguar’s creative
design director, responsible for guiding the direction for Jaguar models more
than 10 years into the future. He started at Ford in but soon joined
Lotus, where he stayed 12 years and was responsible for the first Elise sports
car (plus many models he still can’t tell us about). He joined Jaguar in 2000
and nowadays leads a team of 40 designers. He has played a major role in
finding a new face for the marque, a move that began in earnest with the XF,
and has led on through a succession of great-looking cars to Jaguar’s model of
the moment, the all-electric I-Pace. Especially relevant this evening is that
Thompson played a big role in the conception of the Jaguar C-X75, one of the
most beautiful supercar concepts ever designed.
Nick Carpenter: Engineering Director, Delta Motorsport Limited
Nick Carpenter is the engineering
director and one of the founders of Delta Engineering, a Silverstone-based
company, established in 2005, that specialises in all forms of high performance
engineering, from the creation of single-seater racing cars and traditional
V8-engined road cars to some of the world’s most powerful hybrid and electric
vehicles. He worked at Mayflower, Reynard and Piper before founding his own
company with partner Simon Dowson. One of his latest projects is providing key
technology and powertrain hardware for the Ariel HIPERCAR, a 1000bhp-plus
four-wheel drive electric creation with a revolutionary Delta supplied turbine
range extender motor. Delta has expanded fast, finding eager clients all over
the world, and late last year Carpenter and Dowson were selected by Grant
Thornton as “Faces of a Vibrant Economy”.
Steve Gooding: Director, RAC Foundation
Steve is Director of the
RAC Foundation, an independent charitable think-tank that commissions and
disseminates research relating to motoring and roads issues. Steve took over at
the Foundation in May 2015 after a civil service career encompassing many transport-related
roles, latterly as Director General for Roads, Traffic & Local at the
Department for Transports.
Prior to becoming a
Director General, Steve was Roads Director and before that worked at the Office
of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office.
After graduating from
Durham University Steve joined the civil service in 1983, moving to the
Department of Transport in 1987.
Steve Cropley: Editor in Chief, Autocar
Steve Cropley has been writing about cars for 45 years, more than half
that time as editor-in-chief at London-published Autocar, the world’s oldest
car magazine. In 2005 he helped found the world’s first postgraduate course in
automotive journalism at Coventry University, where he was made a visiting
professor. He also sits on the Trustees’ Advisory Board at the National Motor
Museum, Beaulieu. Cropley says he is as much in love with cars as he was on day
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