Eco Machines: Designing the Cars of the Future - Cambridge

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There will be a complimentary food and drinks reception from 6:00pm. The discussion will begin at 6:30pm and finish at 7.30pm. Please join us after the event for complimentary drinks and a chance to meet the speakers.

Bill Gates famously said that ‘If General Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry, we would all be driving $25 cars that go 1,000 Miles per gallon’. Today’s vehicles may be faster than a hundred years ago but overall progress is still slow.

And while the world is more mobile than ever, increased mobility has brought higher emissions, more congestion and poor air quality.

It’s now down to the engineers of the future to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency and create cleaner, low-carbon vehicles that go further on the least amount of energy.

So what are the solutions?

In this evening of debate, Intelligence Squared and Shell bring together experts from the worlds of engineering, design and motor racing to discuss the goals and challenges of building tomorrow’s cars today.

On Tuesday 21st October at Saint Catharine’s College Cambridge we host:

Norman KochNorman Koch

Global Technical Director of Shell Eco-marathon, on the global challenge of designing, building and racing low carbon vehicles.


Richard NobleRichard Noble

World Land Speed Record breaker and project director of ThrustSSC, on pushing the boundaries of auto-engineering.


Mark PrestonMark Preston

Former F1 Technical Director and current Team Principal of the Amlin Aguri Formula E Team on the future direction of motorsports and its impact on transportation.


Jim SkeaJim Skea

Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London and member of the UK Committee on Climate Change on the urgent need to improve energy technology.




Matthew TaylorMatthew Taylor

Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).



Speakers are subject to change.


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St Catharine’s College,
University of Cambridge,
Trumpington St,