TNW Conference 2024: Welcome to the electric future of race cars — and road vehicles

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TNW Conference 2024: Welcome to the electric future of race cars — and road vehicles

As we count down to TNW conference in Amsterdam on June 20 and 21, we’re previewing the sessions that we’re most excited about.

One of my must-see talks mixes two of my great passions: sports and technology. Bringing them together is António Félix da Costa, a world champion of Formula E — the electric cousin of the petrol-powered Formula 1.

Da Costa is driving into the event for two special talks on Friday. First up is a keynote that will give an exclusive peek under the hood of high-tech race cars. Expect to discover the latest innovations in motorsports, from vehicle simulators to AI-optimised steering.

Then later that afternoon, da Costa will speed towards the TNW Talks stage for an intimate Q&A. During that session, the audience can ask the motorsports star their own questions. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the future of EVs on both the track and the road.

Black and white photo of Formula E driver António Félix da Costa, who's spearheading the development of electric vehicles (EVs)
Da Costa is at the vanguard of the EV revolution. Credit: Porsche

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From automation software to fast-charging EV batteries, automakers are constantly testing their latest innovations in race cars. That gives da Costa early insights into our next vehicles.

Those insights blend performance with sustainability. Formula E is the first motorsport with a net zero carbon footprint — and the vehicles are still among the fastest in the world. During a race, da Costa’s Porsche EV hits speeds of 250 km/h per hour.

“Our race car is the most efficient car in the world,” he told TNW in a recent interview.

At TNW Conference, da Costa will reveal what’s driving these high-speed efficiencies. He’ll also pull the curtain back on the tech behind our own cars of tomorrow.

If you’re interested in attending TNW Conference (and saying hi to our editorial team) we’ve got a special offer for our readers. At the ticket checkout, use the code TNWXMEDIA to get 30% off your business passinvestor pass, or startup packages (Bootstrap and Scaleup).

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