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Machining Equipment Lotus F1 team’s technical centre serves as backdrop for UK seminar

Editor: Eric Culp

The day-long event covered the latest machine tool and advanced technology developments.

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EDM plays a significant role in keeping the Lotus Formula One team competitive.
EDM plays a significant role in keeping the Lotus Formula One team competitive.
(Source: GF Agie Charmilles)

A range of advanced EDM and 5-axis machine tools installed at the Lotus Formula One Team’s design and manufacturing site in Enstone, UK, made it an ideal venue for a technical seminar, organiser Agie Charmilles said.

The EDM equipment supplier reported that more than 50 attendees from around the UK participated in the seminar at the Lotus F1 Team’s technical centre.

The event provided visitors with a unique opportunity to learn more about – and “even get underneath the skin” – of a leading F1 Team, Agie Charmilles said, noting that the meeting also provided insight into technical, operational and logistical pressures and challenges faced by the Lotus F1 Team’s 540-strong workforce in competing at the highest level of motorsport.

The organiser explained that the day-long seminar also provided attendees with an opportunity to hear about the latest machine tool and advanced technology developments from GF Agie Charmilles and to see the range of GFAC EDM and milling machines, including the six new HPM 450U 5-axis machines, installed at the racing team’s machine shop.

Agie Charmilles Managing Director Martin Spencer said, “We have a long-standing technical partnership with the Lotus F1 Team that stretches back over 15 years... This latest seminar, which also included a comprehensive factory visit as well as a series of presentations, was all about technological innovation and the venue provided an ideal backdrop.” At the seminar, Luca Mazzocco from the Lotus marketing department told guests about the need for constant improvements to keep cars competitive.

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