British sports car racing driver Andy Meyrick is one of six panelists taking part in ‘Green Racing: Technology Transfer from the Raceway to the Driveway’ in Austin, Texas tonight (Thursday 19 September), as part of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Circuit of the Americas.
The event is aimed at opening up the debate surrounding energy efficiency and its place within motorsport and showcasing some of the latest race car technology. Guest speakers from the world of motor racing including Dr.Ullrich, Head of Motorsport at Audi; Scott Atherton, President of the ALMS; and Bob Larsen from the US Department of Energy will sit alongside Meyrick to discuss the future of ‘green racing’ in front of hundreds of pre-registered guests.
Meyrick, 28, contests the LMP1 class of the ALMS with DeltaWing Racing in its a lightweight car, which can produce 345bhp from its 2.0-litre Elan engine. The revolutionary machine was first launched last year but began its first competitive championship bid this year with a new engine and Bridgestone tyres.
Throughout the season, the car has gone from strength-to-strength and, in its last round at Road America, it led the race for 16 laps, eight of which were driven by Meyrick.
“The DeltaWing project is proof that you can have a racing car that is energy efficient while being competitive in some of the world’s highest level of sports car racing, the ALMS,” comments Meyrick. “Motor racing has had to continually adapt throughout the past century to increase performance, meet with safety demands and more recently to reduce the impact that it has upon the environment.
“Whether you agree that we should design energy efficient cars or not, it’s worth coming to the forum to hear the pros and cons.”
Motorsport fans wanting to attend the event can register for free entry at www.greenracingaustin.com using the promotional code ‘ALMSgreen’.
Meyrick will drive the DeltaWIng this Saturday (21 September) in the 2.45-hour long ALMS Circuit of the Americas race. Follow his progress at www.andymeyrick.com/news or on Twitter using @andymeyrick