13 DECEMBER 2021, KUALA LUMPUR – The Technology Transfer Apprenticeship Programme (TTAP) developed by Malaysia Automotive Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) and Persona Energy Sdn Bhd reached its completion through the TTAP appreciation awards and handover ceremony, held at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), today.

The TTAP is a unique technology transfer programme to develop local automotive talent, expertise and technology value chain through apprenticeships of selected local engineers to procure important engineering insight within endurance racing technology at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The ceremony was officiated by Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, with opening speeches given by MARii CEO, Dato’ Madani Sahari, Director of Persona Energy, and TTAP mentor, Jazeman Jaafar and JOTA Technical Director, Tomoki Takahashi.

In June this year, 4 TTAP apprentice engineers which are Muhammad Amzar Danish Chairil, Anderson Kent Robert, Luqman Othman dan Muhammad Taufiq Mohd Zin, were sent to be part of the JOTA team at the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, to enhance automotive skills and knowledge of local talents through apprenticeships with experienced race engineers, in international racing events with professional motorsport teams.

Throughout the programme, the apprentices are considered as team members, and were given real-time engineering responsibilities on certain segments of vehicle development for each race.

These responsibilities include collection and analysis of the performance of race car components, design and layout of workshop equipment and tools during races, repair and maintenance of race cars, and other engineering activities that are required during the development and race day.

An important aspect of TTAP is the collection of vehicle data during the six legs of races throughout the WEC, which provides important information from high performance vehicles that can be utilised in the development of future vehicles and components. This data includes durability, performance, and many other forms of information that can be used in engineering analysis of future vehicle technology including autonomous and electric vehicles.

As technology in motorsports are far more advanced than that in the manufacturing line, such information procured through the TTAP program will bring a new dimension to the development of the automotive dan mobility sector, either at the vehicle assembly level, or component manufacturer.

At the WEC, the JOTA team clinched a one-two finish in the 8 Hours at Portimao leg in Portugal, and achieved a podium finish in every race in the WEC.

About Persona Energy Sdn Bhd

Persona Energy is a management consultancy company of motorsports development, renewable energy, and marketing specialists. Persona Energy professionals are to develop a platform to conduct talent development programme with a sound understanding of the fundamental engineering and managerial principles involved in international motorsports.