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PICTURE: Williams to bring F1 technology to aircraft cabins

Formula 1 team Williams has hooked up with JPA Design to leverage technology from racing-car design to create a more comfortable cabin environment using lighter-weight materials.

Williams Advanced Engineering is the racing team’s technology and engineering services business. It is partnering with JPA Design to create a UK capability for aircraft interior products which will tap Formula 1-derived technology from Williams and cabin design expertise from JPA Design.

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They see the opportunity “to make a step-change in cabin layout, passenger comfort, fuel-saving and carbon emission reductions…through the application of new interior design and lightweight materials”.

The two companies will reveal further details about the partnership in April at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 conference in Hamburg where they will showcase an example of the new cabin technology.

“Our work with Williams Advanced Engineering will deliver truly revolutionary advances to the air-travel industry, both onboard new aircraft and retrofitted to existing aeroplanes,” says James Park, founder and principal of JPA Design.

“The innovative use of lightweight materials, rapid product development and the maximisation of available space is very much at the heart of the work we do commercialising Formula 1-derived technology,” adds Williams Advanced Engineering managing director Craig Wilson.

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