RIFT Technology signs a Licence Agreement and Joint Business Venture with Surtees Research & Development
John Surtees, the legendary motorcycle and Formula One World Champion, was amongst the first people to witness a demonstration of the game changing energy efficiency in a RIFT motor drive; go to www.johnsurtees.com . John and his business partners, Peter Smith and Stevie Hollman, have now signed a deal with RIFT Technology to jointly develop an electric drive motor for go-karts, motor sport and automotive use.
John is driving forwards the building of the first motors with the help of Quaife Engineering of Sevenoaks, go to www.quaife.co.uk .
RIFT Technology has taken a minority stake in the new company and has committed the full use of its ‘Electric Machine’ Patent to the venture.
The whole teams at Surtees, Quaife and RIFT are determined to conduct trials for the new electric drives in racing conditions at the Buckmore Park Kart Racing Track which John bought in April 2015, go to www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32297888 . This was the Track where Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button practiced as youngsters.
John Surtees pictured in 1966, won World Championships on two wheels as well as four. He is the only driver ever to win World Championships in both vehicles.
The aim is to trial the motors by the autumn of 2015 and press releases will confirm nearer the time.