As the world continues to battle the deadly coronavirus, more and more automakers (as well as racing teams) are stepping in to help the overwhelmed healthcare system. One of the first Formula 1 teams to pitch in was Mercedes-AMG F1 who helped reverse-engineer a breathing device for mass production.
Now, Williams (through Williams Advanced Engineering) looks at also playing a large role in helping make ventilators for critically-ill patients. Recently, the United Kingdom (UK) set up the Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium to re-engineer components for the Smiths Group ParaPAC300 ventilators, as well as make completely-built units of it.
The consortium is made up of various industrial and technical companies that include names such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, McLaren, and BAE System. Intending to produce an initial batch of 5,000 examples, WAE is lending a hand by developing 3D CAD models, testing equipment, as well as the re-engineering, manufacturing, procurement, and rapid prototyping of the medical ventilators.
“We are proud to be working with so many innovative partners on this project. Williams Advanced Engineering prides itself on the speed of response and rapid turnaround; skills we can maximize as part of the Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium. We are all determined that the results of our collective efforts will make a huge difference and save lives,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering.
With a total of 51,608 confirmed cases, 5,373 deaths, along with 135 recoveries in the UK, the country will need all the help it can get, and WAE is ready to provide the healthcare system with additional ventilators. With WAE's expertise in making electric car platforms, powertrain, carbon fiber, as well as other complex machines, Williams is confident that they will be able to help in a big way in battling the coronavirus pandemic.