Innovation award in memory of Delta founder Nick Carpenter presented

Innovation award in memory of Delta founder Nick Carpenter presented

29 September 2021

A pioneering zero-emissions cargo tricycle design has won a new innovation award in memory of Nick Carpenter – a co-founder of Silverstone Park engineering business Delta (née Delta Motorsport).

The Niche Vehicle Network’s (NVN) Nick Carpenter Innovation Trophy was awarded to Warwickshire business Pashley, which led a consortium behind the ‘ALECS’ (Articulating Lightweight Electrically-assisted Cargo Solution) tricycle, at last week’s Cenex-LCV Show.

Presenting it to Pashley’s Managing Director Adrian Williams was Nick’s wife Caroline and his Delta co-founder Simon Dowson.

Earlier this year, Delta, which has expanded significantly at Silverstone Park thanks to demand for its expertise in high-powered battery systems, was acquired by engineering giant Cosworth – Nick had already been working on the acquisition with Simon before he passed away.

Simon commented: “Nick was a passionate engineer who was always looking for the next innovation.

“NVN has been an important part of the Delta journey over the years and for them to honour Nick’s life with this award means so much to Nick’s family and I.”

Fittingly, the trophy is made of titanium, manufactured using 3D printing that took the technology to its limits. It includes 15 ‘idea elements’ which symbolise the number of years Nick dedicated to Delta. There are also 51 notches around the top to remember each of the years of Nick’s life and, at the base, four vents – two large and two small which represent Nick, Caroline and their two children.

Meanwhile, collaborating with Pashley on the winning ALECS tricycle project were Simpact, Warwick Manufacturing Group and Foresight Innovations.

NVN’s Programme Director Scott Thompson praised the innovation involved, which included vehicle dynamics simulation tools and an innovative tilting and carbon spring mechanism to greatly improve stability and rider confidence. Notably, manufacturing processes included lightweight, welded composites and the application of cutting-edge, game-engine virtual reality modelling.

Scott said: “I’m sure Nick would have really appreciated all those little details and innovations – technical, commercial, manufacturing and environmental – that combine to make it such a worthy winner.”

Pashley’s Adrian Williams added: “It is a great honour to win this award as we know how enthusiastic Nick was to encourage innovative thinking and new product development.”

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