Thursday | 11 Jun 2020

Prodrive completes virus ventilator

Multiple WRC-winning preparation firm Prodrive has delivered a production-ready ventilator to help in the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team which delivered world titles in Subarus for Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg answered the call from the British government for engineering companies to help in the design and build of equipment to assist in hospitals.

Working with Cambridge University’s Whittle Laboratory, Prodrive developed a low-cost Open Ventilator System Initiative (OVSI) unit to be produced using components from outside the medical supply chain to ensure it reaches the market quickly and in high production volumes required.

Twenty engineers in Prodrive’s base at Banbury in the UK have been working on the project seven days a week since April. That work includes the design of the ventilator’s electrical system and software to control and ease the use in an intensive care environment.

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Prodrive chairman David Richards said: “I am particularly proud of how our team, who had no previous medical experience, gave their time freely and brought this project to fruition in record time.

“It’s a true vindication of our strategy of applying a motorsport culture to complex technical challenges that require an innovative approach.”

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