Moore's Lobby Podcast

Ep. 16 | DS TECHEETAH’s Mark Preston Talks Dominance in Formula E Motorsports

Episode #16 / 44:38 / January 21, 2021 by Dave Finch
Episode Sponsor: AVX

If you want to better understand electric vehicle power design—or if you really love fast cars—this episode is for you.

What does it take for a motorsport team to win five Formula E championships? And how do automotive companies translate that success into the electric vehicles we drive every day?

We’re kicking off Season 2 of Moore’s Lobby with a guest who will be familiar to motorsports fans across Formula 1 and its electric vehicle counterpart, Formula E. 

Motorsports are the ultimate proving ground for automotive technologies. When it comes to electric vehicles, no prototyping in the world can match the rigor—and the excitement—of a Formula E race. 

Learn about crucial power design aspects in Formula E, including why the engineers have evolved towards using direct drive motors and one battery rather than two. And did you know that the cars must regenerate around 30% of the energy used during a race through regenerative braking, etc.? And that the drivers must trigger it manually at key moments?

Hear the details from an expert who has made a career out of blazing trails.


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Meet Mark Preston

Mark Preston has a storied career in motorsports, from Formula 1's Arrows Grand Prix and McLaren to Formula E's DS TECHEETAH. He is a leader in the development of cutting-edge automotive solutions and helped shape the winning designs used in DS TECHEETAH's vehicles.

As one of the founding team principals for Formula E, Preston has a unique perspective on the story of “marginal gains” that have, over time, yielded some of the most high-performance electric vehicles in the world.



In addition, Preston has been developing STREETDRONE, an autonomous car company that focuses on quickly and efficiently implementing and scaling autonomous electric vehicles in cities. This allows him to combine his high-level experience in automotive trends with his engineering prowess in developing high-performance solutions.