The electric scientist
Michael Faraday is an archetype: the image of him at work in the laboratory or delivering one of his famous Royal Institute Christmas Lectures has filtered into the public consciousness: the 19th Century experimental scientist at work. Faraday is best know for his contributions in the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His demonstrations of electromagnetic rotary devices in 1821 – paved the way for the creation of the electric motor.
Electric motor technology was prominent in the development of the automobile before the internal combustion engine became ubiquitous. Electric motors, however, are making a comeback as the world searches for clean technology to power vehicles in the 21st Century. McLaren is at the forefront of research. McLaren Applied Technologies supplied the electric motors for the FIA Formula E World Championship's inaugural season and still partners with teams on e-motors and power electronics. And McLaren Automotive’s P1 hybrid supercar uses McLaren Applied Technologies’ 132kW electric motor.