Altran and Quimera invest in non-fossil fuel future
Altran and Quimera invest in non-fossil fuel future

October 22, 2013

Altran and Quimera invest in non-fossil
fuel future

Altran, global leader in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, and Quimera have signed a new agreement to invest in their continued development and construction of breakthrough vehicles to achieve better performance while dramatically reducing environmental impact. Both companies have strengthened their already important links in order to achieve new milestones in the fields of sustainable mobility and non-fossil powered motor sport.

One of the key commitments outlined by Altran and Quimera to deliver tangible results for this new endeavour will be for Altran to enhance its Excellence Centre for New Automotive. This Excellence centre is the hub of the Altran Group's projects focused on innovation and electric vehicle development, with an R&D budget of 4M euro and will now benefit from Quimera aligning its existing vehicles, project pipeline, motor sport program and global strategic partner programs with the centre.

Altran and Quimera will initially focus on their respective teams and capacities in the research and development of bespoke technologies and solutions, and the innovative application of available technologies to be tested in a motor sport environment: the most demanding test bed for new technologies in the field of mobility.

This step-by-step process of intensive testing and racing is considered the most constructive platform available to provide technology companies, automakers and the general public with the necessary credibility and confidence in the new technologies, while providing sufficient knowledge to test the safety, longevity and sustainability of all the non-fossil fuel solutions.

As a key step, Altran and Quimera will immediately present their new project vehicles to follow the path set up by breakthrough vehicles such as the All Electric GT-AEGT, presented in January 2012 at the Autosport International Show held in Birmingham's National Exhibition Center and the All Electric Drift Car-AEDC, presented in July 2012 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This new set of vehicles will start with the introduction of the new AEGT Evo2, designed in collaboration with Dutch designer Sabino Leerentveld, the first of a new breed of non-fossil powered race cars based on a full electric power train.

Alfonso Martinez, COO Altran Spain and CEO Altran Middle East, highlighted "after almost three years of our partnership in several strategic and technology development projects, now it is time to boost them increasing the resources that Altran is dedicating to the development of the Quimera Responsible Racing Vehicles. This partnership is aligned with our strategy to evolve our internal R&D program. QRR projects combine our passions for racing technologies and sustainability".

Javier de Rocafort, Chairman, Quimera Project/Quimera Responsible Racing, said "this is one of our most exciting announcements that we have all been waiting for, as it demonstrates the enormous effort that our team has put in over the past 30 months. With this new and empowered strategic partnership agreement now in place with Altran it will trigger a number of cutting edge projects that we have been feeding into our development pipeline. The result of this will be a dramatic increase in the Global footprint for both Altran and Quimera. In addition, it will allow Quimera Responsible Racing (QRR) the ability to evolve, demonstrate and race the new technologies that will deliver a non-fossil fuel based future".

About Altran. As global leader in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, Altran accompanies its clients in the creation and development of their new products and services. Altran's Innovation Makers have been providing services for thirty years to key players in the Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Railways, Finance, Healthcare and Telecoms sectors. Covering every stage of project development from strategic planning to manufacturing, Altran's offers capitalise on the Group's technological know-how in four key areas: Lifecycle Experience, Mechanical Engineering, Intelligent Systems and IT Systems. In 2012, the Group generated revenues of 1,456m euros. Altran now has a staff of 20,000 employees in more than 20 countries. More info: www.altran.com www.altran.es

About Quimera. Since 2009, Quimera has provided strategic sustainability projects and solutions in the fields of mobility and energy, through its Mobility, Strategic Planning and R&D divisions. In order to deliver these solutions in a tangible and efficient manner, Quimera leads a global consortium consisting of more than 80 companies worldwide headed by Quimera's Global Technical Partner, Altran. More info: www.quimera-project.com and www.quimerarr.com

About Quimera Responsible Racing. QRR is a global endeavour led by Quimera and Altran that aims to develop further and empower R&D activities within new and existing technologies, emphasizing motor sport's essential role as a test bed for the automotive sector, technology transfer and other key potential applications. A key goal of this endeavour is to establish a groundbreaking race series operating at the very forefront of motor sport's clean technology development.


Press contact information

Altran:

Angeles Bernaldez
+34 955 15 84 12 / + 34 629 86 79 86 angeles.bernaldez@altran.es
MC DILO: Valvanuz Serna, +34 913 53 38 45/ + 34 679 67 46 75 vserna@mcdilo.es

Quimera:

Cristina Besseghini
+34 93 209 46 79 media@quimera-project.com  

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