Formula E is pioneering the change to electric vehicles and Mark will be presenting background to the strategies surrounding electrification, what it was like being a Founding Team Principal of a new team and being involved in a racing series from its inception and then to what the future holds for electrifying the world through racing
Mark Preston went from a degree in Mechanical Engineering and working for General Motors Holden (GM) and Spectrum Racing Cars (Formula Ford) in Australia, to obtaining key roles in both the Arrows Grand Prix (F1) and McLaren F1 teams, and then creating the Super Aguri F1 team with Honda in just 100 days. Mark’s latest motor sport achievement is delivering the ABB FIA Formula E Driver’s & Teams Championship as Team Principal with Jean-Eric Vergne and the TECHEETAH Formula E Team, in a motorsports series that has become a showcase for technology in the SMART Cities, electrification space within the broader mobility sector. As one of the founding Team Principals of Formula E, and Chief Strategist and Founder of the StreetDrone autonomous car company, Mark continues to keep a watching eye on the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) in the fast changing automotive/mobility/transportation industry. Founder and board member of Mobility Oxford (The MobOx Foundation), Mark is heavily immersed in the area of startups and technology surrounding the mobility and automotive space from lightweight materials (composites) through Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to autonomous vehicles. Mark came into this space following a long career in motorsports including Formula 1 (McLaren, Arrows, Super Aguri Honda) and automotive and led to the business planning and successful spinout of Oxford YASA Motors (EV) from the Oxford University, renewable energy tidal energy, lightweight manufacturing, AI for tooling design and Shyft Mobility in the community transport space.