Williams Spark Two achievements for the Williams responsibility programme in energy efficiency Williams Spark is the name for Williams F1's Responsibility programme, which is focused on three areas that are closely related to the company's...
Two achievements for the Williams responsibility programme in energy efficiency
Williams Spark is the name for Williams F1's Responsibility programme, which is focused on three areas that are closely related to the company's core activities of engineering and racing - energy efficiency, education and road safety.
October 4, 2010, Oxford, UK. The Williams Spark programme reported two major developments in its energy efficiency activities today, with Williams Hybrid Power's patented technology contributing to another successful endurance race outing for the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at Petit Le Mans, and, in a separate development, Williams F1 recorded decreasing carbon emissions in its annual submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Last Saturday, at the Road Atlanta race circuit in Braselton in the State of Georgia, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which incorporates Williams Hybrid Power's Magnetically Loaded Composite flywheel technology, completed another impressive endurance race performance in the American Le Mans Series; having started the race at the back of the field in 45th place, on account of its unclassified status as a hybrid race car, the 911 successfully climbed through the field over the course of a 1,000 mile, 9 hour marathon to finish in eighteenth place and the eighth GT2 car home.
After coming so close to victory in the Nurburgring 24hrs, the car's hybrid system yet again ran faultlessly. Former Le Mans winner and driver of the 911 GT3 Hybrid, Timo Bernhard, said after the race, "My job at the wheel of the (Porsche) rolling laboratory was a great experience, and the hybrid system worked perfectly over the entire race distance. We achieved two important goals, and these were to present this unique car to the US racing fans, and to further develop the hybrid drive under racing conditions."
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid's next competitive entry will be in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup 1,000km of Zhuhai, in China, on 6/7 November, 2010.
While Williams' technologies such as the Magnetically Loaded Composite flywheel are being developed to assist with carbon mitigation in passenger car, light city transport and in mass transit rail systems, Williams F1 also has a dedicated programme to ensure its own activities and their associated carbon impacts areresponsibly measured and managed. Williams has been measuring its carbon emissions since 2005, but in 2009, the company took the significant step of disclosing its outputs to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the internationally recognised carbon auditing and reporting charity. 2,500 organisations in some 60 countries around the world measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through CDP, in order that they can set reduction targets and make performance improvements. In Williams' 2010 CDP submission,overall CO2 emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3) reduced from 15,301 tonnes in the 2008 calendar year to 13,264 tonnes in 2009, which is an absolute reduction of 13% year-on-year.
The company also exceeded its stated reduction in primary energy use targets for electricity and natural gas as laid out last year; and once again, emissions generated directly from race cars remained a small fraction of the company's total CO2 output at 0.46% for 2009. Details of Williams F1's CDP submissions in 2009 and 2010 can be accessed at: www.cdproject.net/en-US/Results/Pages/Company-Responses.aspx?company=20685