GM, Bentley, Pellion Technologies, Renault.
GM engine facility: General Motors is readying its latest Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan. There, the firm will work on race engines but also on fuel cell and hybrid technology. Opening in July, GM hopes to facilitate transfer between performance and production.
Bentley hyper car? Depending on the Bentayga’s success, the British brand might return to the race track, although not in the LMP1 class. Such a race car could then also make it onto the road, in a toned down version of course, and could thus utilise technology from Porsche’s Mission E by 2020.
Motorola money for MIT: Pellion Technologies, a start-up founded by a team from MIT, has received an undisclosed amount from Motorola Solutions. Pellion is commercialising magnesium-ion battery technology, said to have double the energy density of comparable Li-ion cells.
Renault will stay in the Formula E and has just prolonged its contract for another two years. This means team e.dams will continue to race at least until the end of the season four. Renault is working on its own electric motor and aims for both the Driver’s and Constructor’s title.
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