CEO of Roborace and Formula E driver officially confirmed attendance and presentation at 2019 edition of VI-grade’s event dedicated to the worldwide automotive community.
Marburg, February 12, 2019 – VI-grade today announced the attendance of Lucas Di Grassi as a Keynote Speaker at the 2019 edition of its International Conference to be held at “Congress Park” in Hanau, Germany on May 14-15, 2019.
In his presentation at the VI-grade event, he will concentrate on the future value of Motorsport and especially how changing industry priorities and new technologies like artificial intelligence and autonomous driving will reshape this sector.
Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil Lucas is a true all-round talent in many fields. Apart from his numerous victories as a professional racing driver in the Formula E, he also plays a significant role off track. As one of the co-founders and one of the first ambassadors of Formula E, Lucas Di Grassi did not only arouse public interest on the fully electric racing series, but he also increased awareness related to issues like global warming and declining air quality.
By combining his deep racing expertise and his extensive business experience as the current CEO of Roborace, the world’s first competition for human and artificial intelligent racing, he is now heading towards future by making autonomous technology more exciting and inspirational for a new generation of spectators. “We want to take Roborace where motorsport cannot go, focusing the platform on the future road-relevant autonomous technology”, explains Di Grassi.
About the 2019 VI-grade International Conference
The event is dedicated to executive managers and experienced engineers belonging to automotive and transportation companies, engineering firms and universities as well as research centers from all over the world. It is a great opportunity for the VI-grade international community to discuss the latest trends with regard to system-level virtual engineering, hardware in the loop, controls and driving simulation.
The 2019 event will also feature an ice-breaker social event in the afternoon of May 13, when all attendees will be invited to an informal get-together to learn more about the new and forthcoming driving simulation technologies provided by VI-grade and partners (location and further details related to the Ice Breaker will be announced later on). The list of event sponsors and partners already includes confirmed participation from Danisi Engineering, Saginomiya, Barco, Concurrent Real-Time, SimCoVR, Megaride. Additional sponsors, partners and speakers will be announced later on.
Leading UK-based Formula E team to install static race simulator from VI-grade to further develop and improve the team’s race preparations
Marburg, February 6, 2019 – Envision Virgin Racing, the current leading team in the all-electric Formula E series, has this week begun work on expanding its operational headquarters at Silverstone Park, to further develop and improve the team’s race preparations. The UK-based outfit moved to its new state-of-the-art facilities – located just a stone’s throw from the home of British motor racing – in 2017, ahead of the fourth season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
Now, due to continued expansion, the team is adding a mezzanine floor to its existing facilities, including the installation of a cutting-edge VI-grade racing simulator. The extension plans, due to be completed by the summer in time for the next Formula E season, also allow for more work space; with all being built in keeping with the rest of the site, which adheres to the ‘Very Good’ energy sustainability standards set by the government’s BREEAM agency, as well as being certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust.
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director for the team, said: “As one of the founding and most successful Formula E teams, it’s fantastic to watch the team grow year-on-year. Moving to Silverstone Park was an obvious choice due to the facilities, skillset and like-minded businesses on our doorstep. Now, after being here less than two years, we’re in a position to implement the second phase of the development, thanks to the investment and foresight of the team’s new majority owners, Envision Group. Once complete, the new work areas and simulator will help further improve the quality of our race preparation for season six, as well as show our continued commitment to Formula E.”
Envision Group’s Franz Jung and Chairman of the Board said:“We fully support the team and want to continue building on the team’s already impressive legacy. Formula E is becoming increasingly competitive, so we know how important this type of investment is to help stay ahead of the competition.”
John Williams, Managing Director of VI-grade Ltdwho will be supplying the team’s racing simulator, added:“We are very pleased to announce another success in the motorsports industry by reporting the adoption of our driving simulator at Envision Virgin Racing as a turnkey solution. The installation includes proprietary software from VI-grade and related hardware components, as well as a cockpit provided by Envision Virgin Racing equipped with proprietary active belts technology from VI-grade. The simulator, including a set of Formula E digitized tracks, will provide the customer with a complete solution that will enable them to virtually test and optimise the performance of their race cars, therefore allowing them to agree on, and then deliver, the optimal race performance.”