On June 13, design and engineering firm (and Agoria Member) Voxdale was awarded the CLEPA Innovation Award for its outstanding work and partnership with the automotive industry. With the Innovation Awards competition, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) recognises outstanding contributions to the sector's achievements in making mobility sustainable, safe and smart.


Voxdale and Umicore, together with Renesas, another Mahindra Racing team partner, are jointly developing a smart 12V battery which enables mission critical systems to be run on the Formula E car. Voxdale also offers inputs in aerodynamics, thermal management and structural integrity of the car. The results of this work will be seen in Mahindra Racing's Season 5 car that will hit the tracks in December 2018. The smart battery and insights in aerodynamics and materials will assist Mahindra Racing to compete at the highest level in the championship.


Koen Beyers (Voxdale) receiving the award from the president of CLEPA. Voxdale, in partnership with Agoria Member Umicore and Sam Dejonghe, a budding Flemish race driver, is working with Mahindra Racing to increase the race performance of Mahindra Racing's Formula E race car. Formula E brings 'electrifying' racing to some of the world's leading cities, playing out against the backdrop of iconic skylines such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome. It aims to bring revolutionary electric driving in a safe, sustainable and eco-friendly way to the general public.

Koen Beyers, CEO of Voxdale says, "We are gratified and proud to win this award. Our contribution is not just to improve the battery but also running hundreds of simulations of aero, heat, and stress to optimize the performance of the whole car. Winning or losing a race is a matter of milliseconds. Details like weight reduction, dissipating heat efficiently, and drag reduction will hopefully make for a victorious season. The ultimate prize will be to see the team finish Season 5 on the podium!"

Kurt Vandeputte, SVP Rechargeable Battery Materials Umicore, comments: "Our partnership is based on a strong common belief in clean and electric mobility. The combination of our technological expertise is key to the development of an innovative 12V battery for Mahindra Racing, one out of currently 10 racing teams of the Formula E competition. Umicore is proud to be part of this partnership and we see the CLEPA Innovation Award as a confirmation of our unique, innovative and outstanding cooperation."