Ex-F1 driver Max Chilton to develop McMurtry Spéirling

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Joining the team at EV maker McMurtry Automotive is British ex-F1 driver Max Chilton – as head development driver for the Spéirling. He will assess the new track car at various race circuits and test venues over the coming year. Chilton will also be a senior spokesperson for the brand and present exclusive behind the scenes footage of the team’s testing progress.

Managing director Thomas Yates said, “I am really pleased to have Max join as a dedicated and leading member of our team, as we now further increase our rate of testing and development. Fresh from six seasons of competition in IndyCar and previously having competed in Formula 1, Max will bring a wealth of motorsport and driving experience that will undoubtedly help us to reveal the performance potential of the Spéirling and get us closer to our record-breaking goals.”

Chilton commented,  “It’s a huge honor to be given the opportunity to become head development driver for McMurtry. The company is really reaching new heights in the performance EV world. The team have spent over four years developing the Spéirling, a car which will really show the world what performance can be achieved with all-electric power.

“McMurtry caught my eye last year; their professionalism and ability to invent new solutions is something I have never experienced at this level. I am excited to see what we can achieve in the future, particularly developing a road car which has always been on my long term list to achieve. My thanks are with Sir David McMurtry for coming up with this truly amazing project and trusting me with this role.”

Tech showcased within the Spéirling includes the company’s downforce-on-demand system; a fan-powered ground effect system that generates downforce without the need for conventional, and drag-inducing aerodynamic wings.

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