Oxford YASA Motors gets funding

After a number of months of planning and fund raising, Oxford YASA Motors has received funding to spin-out of the Univeristy of Oxford.  The initial project started with the Morgan LifeCar and has resulted in a new high torque density motor, very much suited to the new requirements of electric/hybrid vehicles.  The author was part of the team that planned and pitched the business to a number of investors and finally secured the funding recently.


There will doubtless be many new ideas that are generated off the back of this high torque density motors: perhaps with motorsports leading the way.

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Demonstrating his exceptional skills in engineering and design, alongside evident drive and business acumen, Mark Preston went from a degree in Mechanical Engineering and working for GM and Spectrum Racing Cars, to obtaining key roles in both the Arrows and McLaren F1 teams, and then creating the Super Aguri F1 team in just 100 days. Now the Team Principal of Team Aguri Formula E racing in the second season of the FIA Formula E championship. Completing his MBA at Oxford in 2006, Mark has also worked with Oxford University researchers who’ve benefited from his expertise in composites and high-tech design: he has consulted in commercializing spin outs from their research in marine energy and electric motor technology. Such developments of his management skills in and beyond the realm of motorsports shows Mark to be an exceptional team player and innovator, ideally placed to manage and motivate workforces. Together, his skills and experience combine to ensure that Mark delivers first-class business planning and start-up advice covering technical due diligence, operations management, and more – offering as he does a unique balance of commercial and technical understanding, achievement and ability.

2 thoughts on “Oxford YASA Motors gets funding

  1. Mark,
    How do your motors performance compare with the Agni, motors in last years winning Isle of Man TT bike?

    1. The Agni motors seem to be pitched at a different segment. The Oxford YASA motor can be seen at http://www.oxfordyasamotors.com/ and the first motors are based on what was developed in the Morgan Lifecar project: about 500Nm at a target weight of around 25kg. Very high power density, should fit nicely with automotive and aerospace applications.

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