Electric motorsport pioneer Azhar Hussain has been awarded an MBE for his services to motorsport in the United Kingdom's Queen's Birthday 2011 Honours List. Hussain is the founder and CEO of eGrandPrix, the organization behind TTXGP, the world's first sanctioned clean emission motorcycle race. Launched just two years ago at the Isle of Man TT, TTXGP is now the leading electric racing series in the world.
"I am honoured at the recognition but in truth the award belongs to the teams, suppliers, tracks, governments, and many others who stand with TTXGP and believe we can all make a difference," said Hussain.
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To encourage participation in TTXGP, as well as ease the journey for teams, Hussain launched a manufacturing company, Mavizen, and produced the prototype motorcycle TTX01 and its successor the TTX02, as well as developing links with the leading international suppliers and developers of key parts that complete a world class electric powertrain. The latest of these partners is the Tier 1 auto supply company A123 Systems, who, with its Nanophosphate batteries, has made Mavizen the exclusive supplier for motorsport applications worldwide.
Mavizen has also developed a training program, LEO, to bridge the electrical divide that exists as a barrier to engagement from traditional engineering background.