Following the launch of Diamond Races, the Isle of Wight has attracted curiosity from expertise companies on the lookout for places within the UK. That is being credited to the shut hyperlinks that exist between motorsport and electrical car (EV) expertise.
three occasions British Touring Automobile Champion, Matt Neal, is among the fundamental movers behind Diamond Races and works carefully with plenty of EV companies.
“Motorsport is shifting quickly alongside a path in the direction of extra environmentally-friendly energy sources. It’s always innovating at the forefront of hybrid and electrical car improvement.
“The Isle of Wight’s dedication to the Diamond Races has actually caught the eye of plenty of folks at the moment taking a look at UK manufacturing services and what a base on the Island might provide them.”
One instance is Electra Meccanica, a Canadian firm that goals to revolutionise private transport and has ambitions to develop its operation within the UK.
“I’ve a reference to Electra Meccanica and was delighted to place ahead the Isle of Wight as an choice for a possible new facility within the UK. The corporate builds among the most revolutionary and thrilling new electrical autos obtainable and in some ways, they’d actually go well with the Island. It might be a great match.”
Virtually in a single day, Diamond Races has raised the profile of the Isle of Wight within the EV sector and has modified folks’s notion of it as a spot to do enterprise. This view is shared by Steven Holbrook, Chief Govt of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce. He says:
“The Isle of Wight has an extended historical past of technical innovation. Motorsport is instantly proving to be a catalyst and clearly altering how traders are trying on the Island. They’re now seeing our potential as a hub for future applied sciences, which might yield a beneficial supply of sustainable new jobs for Islanders.”
Organisers of the Diamond Races have already expressed an curiosity in demonstrating electrical racing bikes on the occasion in 2021.
“Yearly the TT Zero class on the Isle of Man produces a showcase for electrically powered machines. The efficiency of those bikes is past spectacular. “If we proceed to stress the linkages between EV expertise, motorsport and the Isle of Wight, it could actually solely be good for the Island’s financial system and setting.”
At the moment, there are three EV corporations which have expressed an curiosity within the Isle of Wight and discussions at the moment are being taken ahead with the Isle of Wight Council and the Solent LEP.
Chief Govt of Diamond Races, Paul Sandford concluded:
“Having folks of Matt’s calibre concerned with our occasion is one in all our biggest belongings. It demonstrates the energy and depth of the Diamond Races group and its potential to carry future prosperity to this island that goes past the motorsport.”