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Johann Wacht - Motorsport Speaker

Johann Wacht

Manager-Motorsports & Supercars

JohannMotorsport-Speaker-Bcomp is Manager Motorsports & Supercars at Bcomp Ltd., responsible for implementing Bcomp’s sustainable lightweighting solutions with leading motorsport and supercar clients around the world. With a background of mechanical and automotive engineering as well as international sports management he combines technical and business needed for the complex and fast-moving market of motorsports.

Despite his young age, Johann has built no less than five cars from scratch and has worked with composites for nine years.d He started as aerodynamics team member at municHMotorsport, developing and manufacturing a bio-based aero kit for an electric race car which was later successfully tested in the BMW wind tunnel. After gaining knowledge in structural and semi-structural applications with carbon fibre, he took over a team leader position at Team proTRon and managed 75 engineering students through the design, manufacturing and presentation phases of the proTRon Evolution.

The proTRon Evolution has the world’s first crash-proof natural fibre monocoque and Bcomp is one of the partners in the development, as the proTRon Evolution uses ampliTex™ and bCores™ in the monocoque as well as ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ in the bodywork.

After presenting the automotive innovation together with Bcomp at the IAA 2017 and JEC 2018, Johann joined Bcomp as Manager Motorsports. Bcomp is a pioneer in sustainable motorsports, technology leader in natural fibre composites and thanks to the powerRibs™ reinforcement grid able to match the stiffness and weight of monolithic carbon fibre in thin laminates, typically used in bodyworks and high-performance interiors. Vs. carbon fibre, Bcomp’s sustainable lightweighting technologies enable 85% CO2 savings from the raw material to the final part and significantly increase safety in motorsports – eliminating dangerous debris and hazardous waste. The Swiss high-tech company entered the motorsports market in 2018 with spectacular GT projects and the powerRibs™ received both the “Most Innovative New Motorsports Product of the Year” by the World Motorsport Symposium 2018 and the Autosport International “Innovation Award” 2019.  Bcomp’s powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ are now racing with a range of premium brands and leading series, highlighted by major collaborations like McLaren F1 to develop F1’s first natural fibre composite racing seat, Porsche Motorsport and Manthey racing for a full natural fibre bodykit raced at the Nürburgring 24h race and the technical partnership with the DTM for mandatory composite parts.

He will present the latest overview of high-performance natural fibre applications in motorsports and specifically highlight the power of GT motorsport, to act as scaling opportunity with close to road requirements, which opens the doors to the premium mobility market.