Feb 22, 2018

WAE will showcase its world-leading capabilities in composites technology at JEC World 2018, taking place from the 6th to the 8th of March in Paris, the largest event of its kind in the world.  The company will present its lightweight electric vehicle (EV) platform, which also demonstrates its proprietary capabilities in composite materials and processes as well as in battery technologies.

The innovative lightweight EV platform concept, named the FW-EVX, will be displayed on the UK National Composites Centre stand, 6S72, at JEC World with company representatives on hand to explain the breakthrough processes and technologies on show.

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of WAE, said: “As society looks to solutions for more sustainable mobility our industry needs to focus on lightweighting, aerodynamics and electrification.  WAE’s people and capabilities offer our customers solutions to each and all of these challenges.  We look forward to sharing our technologies with delegates at JEC World 2018.”

With the automotive industry currently focussed on how it transitions from the internal combustion engine to a fully electric future, a major challenge for manufacturers is how to maximise vehicle efficiency, given current limitations. Responding to this challenge, WAE has reimagined how electric cars are designed and constructed. This new approach is designed to make EVs lighter, safer and greener, with longer range and better performance. The concept features several innovations in battery pack design, cooling systems and lightweight structures, which have each been cleverly integrated into a single, scalable platform.

As an example, Williams’ engineers have developed a highly automated, near zero waste process.  It is being implemented to create fibre reinforced suspension components on the EV platform, such as providing up to 40% weight reduction over a conventional aluminium wishbone and at comparable cost.  This will be on show at JEC World in Paris on the FW-EVX.

Media interview availability:

Ahead of the show, Iain Bomphray, Chief Technology Specialist – Lightweight Structures, will speak at the JEC Leadership Composites Circle Auto event at the Automobile Club de France in Paris on the evening of Monday 5th of March. Iain will explore pioneering new processes to address scale and volume challenges.  Iain is also available for media interviews at JEC World, by appointment only.  To arrange a meeting please email [email protected] for availability.


About WAE

WAE Limited operates a technology and engineering services business and is part of the Williams Group.

In 2010, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited began diversifying its operations, leading to the establishment of the WAE division, which has now become WAE Limited. Combining cutting edge technology and the industry’s best engineers with precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One, WAE provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, manufacturing and operational consultancy services to the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, defence, health and energy sectors. Working in close collaboration with its customers, WAE helps meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve performance, with its expertise in aerodynamics and thermodynamics, electrification, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.

For more information see www.williamsf1.com/advanced-engineering, follow us on Twitter @WilliamsAdvEng or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/williams-advanced-engineering.

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