Briggs Equipment sponsors RAF Reserves team in British Superbike Championship
Materials handling specialist Briggs Equipment has become a new sponsor partner of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Reserves team in the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship (BSB).
The RAF Reserves team return for their second season in the premier class, moving to BMW power for their 2015 campaign. The team has also retained the services of rider Peter Hickman, who returned to BSB towards the middle of last season. He set the fastest ever lap of the TT course and was soon pushing for top ten finishes before securing his and the team's first race win at Cadwell Park. Having ended 2014 just outside the top ten standings, Peter and the team are targeting a place in the end of season Showdown as their goal for 2015.
Gary Clements, Strategic Development Director of Briggs Equipment comments: "Briggs Equipment is delighted to be sponsoring Peter Hickman and the Royal Air Force Reserves Team at the British Super Bikes Championship this year.
“Briggs Equipment has a long standing partnership with the Ministry of Defence and is thrilled to support the RAF Reserves Team. We are extremely excited to be involved, the move to BMW presents a real opportunity for Peter to expand on his success from last year. The new partnership will make for exciting racing and we wish him every success for the season.
The partnership was officially announced at the MCN London Motorcycle Show on February 15. As part of the sponsorship arrangement Briggs Equipment branding will be prominent on the race bikes along with the rider and team clothing. There will also be television coverage on Eurosport, ITV and ITV4 at some of the events.
RAF Reserves Team owner Lee Hardy comments: "2015 is certainly going to be a whole new challenge. The change of machinery has been one decision that has taken a lot of deliberating but one I feel will take the team forward and help deliver my three year plan. We are currently in the process of building a 2015 BMW S1000RR and I am working with new manufacturers to give Peter the best bike possible."
The opening round of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship is at Donington Park on April 4-6.
Briggs Equipment UK Ltd is the world's largest global distributor of Hyster and Yale Europe Materials Handling equipment.
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Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
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