Simon Dowson, Managing Director, Delta Cosworth said: “Nick was a passionate engineer, that was always looking for the next innovation, NVN has been an important part of the Delta journey over the years and for them to honour Nick’s life with this award means so much to Nick’s family and I”.
The Innovation Award Trophy has been created by Ariel Motor Company, with a unique and dedicated design, manufactured from Titanium using 3D printing that pushed this specific technology to its limit.
The Titanium base is comprised of spiralling rectangular elements, each signifying a distinct idea or innovation. 15 ‘idea’ elements around the base symbolise the 15 years of vision and innovative thinking that Nick poured into Delta Motorsport. Each ‘idea’ rests on and supports the others within the structure. The disparate ideas gradually move closer together as each draws in and upwards toward the optimal conclusion. Together, these thoughts and dreams support a great design and engineering achievement. The refined upper section of the 3D print, and the removable machined Aluminium piece represent the culmination of the innovation, which is dependent on all the brave ideas which made it possible.
There are 51 notches around the top of the trophy to remember each of the years of Nick’s life. Within the 3D printed structure of the Titanium trophy base there needed to be a way to allow Titanium dust (from which the trophy is formed) to be poured out after the printing process was completed, 2 large and 2 small vents are used here to represent Nick, his wife and their 2 children respectively.