Auto industry gears up for innovation award

In the running for the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2013:Ford Motor Company Ltd: 1.0 Ecoboost engineBig-engine performance and 65mpg, all from a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder powerplant.McLaren Automotive: McLaren P1The most advanced combination of motorsport technologies ever brought together on a road car.Productiv Ltd and Tata Steel: The Proving FactoryA pioneering manufacturing initiative to bridge the ‘Valley of Death’ between R&D and production.We Predict: IndicoA new, comprehensive application of warranty analytics forecasting software.YASA Motors: YASA-400A lightweight but powerful electric motor, already featured in the Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept.Zircotec Ltd: Zircotec ThermoholdAn all-new approach to thermal coating technology – protecting carbon composite components from heat damage. The innovators have been whittled down to six, the judges have judged… Now the wait is on for the announcement of the UK’s top automotive innovation of 2013.Sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times, the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation highlights the cream of UK automotive’s vast array of design, R&D and engineering talent.One of the creations below will be crowned the winner at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 26 November 2013 – but which one? Watch this space. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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