Tuesday, 24 June 2014

GKN uses speed to attract talent

GKN is making its debut in the hill climb at the world-renowned Festival of Speed with a record-breaking electric race car

The company is hoping its efforts will act as an engaging introduction into the challenges of automotive engineering. 

The TMG EV P002 electric race car, a 2012 winner in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, features two innovative GKN EVO eDrive axial flux motors, which deliver 1200Nm of torque to the rear wheels.

Apprentices, graduates and senior excutives from GKN will be on hand in the Moving Motor Show to talk to those interested in a career in engineering. Interactive displays will offer a more hands-on experience for future young engineers.

Rob Rickell, chief engineer at GKN Driveline, said: “We are very proud to be part of this iconic celebration of innovation in our industry which we hope will help inspire the UK’s next generation of engineers.”

“GKN, as a global engineering company, is committed to attracting more STEM graduates to support the UK’s thriving aerospace and automotive sectors and we’re delighted to be taking part in this event to help demonstrate the fantastic opportunities on offer for young people,” he added.

The GKN EVO eDrive Systems’ eMotor used in the TMG P002 was developed in the UK. It is one of several new types of high performance electric motors with size, weight, performance, and efficiency advantages when compared to traditional electric motors.

The short length and high relative output of axial flux motors make them suitable for use in more advanced drivetrain systems, where vehicle designers need the smallest, lightest, and most powerful motors possible.

GKN plc has four divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems. They operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets.

Nearly 50,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £7.5 billion in the year to 31 December 

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