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Re: News and Stuff!
Posted by: IanSmithISA
Date: 04/02/2019 10:27
Good morning,
andy si
Read about Lotus and WAE on pistonheads last week it's to do with a super car using hybrid technology

This Lotus & WAE tech share seems a good start for road going hybrid project(s). Williams already presented it's hybrid base for a potential road going projects late in 2018. Good for them if this partnership results in real road going projects and also becomes profitable soon. Would be good for Williams aswell I guess.

A certain Lotus Elise comes to mind.. an offspin or a modernized sports project would work nicely for both companies.

WANDisco are an IT company that got into trouble but then got out of trouble and there is a short video clip here where the founder talks about they type of people in his good and bad management teams.


After watching the video go and look up the background of the Williams directors both exec and non exec and you might see why I am frequently so unsure of the future.

So should we ask. are the management bored with their F1 jobs and possibly over confident of their WAE Tech?

On one hand I certainly hope that everything is paid for up front, so F1 funds don't get sucked away, but if they are then where is the big profit that would help the F1 team?

I mean this seriously what do WAE have to offer in the electric vehicle market?

Tesla and Jag have mainstream products already covered with other car maker coming on board, as well as the various mainly urban electric vehicles.

Tesla have demonstrated Ludicrous Mode which is fun and really just a matter of heating the battery and a thick wire to the motors! :-)

The demand for high performance looking vehicles without the matching performance,150mph for ? hours, still seem to be undefined as there are still battery capacity issues. This is why McLaren don't yet offer an all electric roadcar and you can't ignore the fact the WAE lost the Formula E battery contract to a much better McLaren battery.

Yes I am aware of the WAE electric "skateboard chassis", but that is a long way from a car that people would want to buy. If you have built your car on top of a ready to roll chassis what happens if battery cooling requirement change and suddenly require a liquid radiator?

Double the speed and pretty much quadruple the power, that's a lot of heat to disperse.

If you look at the early days of Tesla converting the Elise to the Tesla Roadster it was not a simple job. Its not the apparently complex things, its the obvious things, do the doors close and the windows go up and down without leaking and does the door lock work.

Tesla learnt a lot from the Roadster which lead to a lot of their later designs, get rid of things like dashboards and door handles.

Surely Williams needs it top level of management ensuring that the F1 team has the facilities to succeed?

Although the numbers are hard to be sure of, last year Williams had about $150million only $20-$30 million off the smallest budgets and well short of $250-450 million of McLaren etc



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