Team Principal of DS TECHEETAH Formula-E Team - Marc Preston
Episode 274, Marc Preston
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 World Driver’s Championship as Team Principal with Jean-Eric Vergne and the TECHEETAH Formula E Team, as the only customer team in the championship no less.
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 and then onto Formula E where he was a Founding Team Principal in what has become a showcase for technology on the SMART Cities, electrification space in mobility.
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