ART IN MOTION:  Voices of the Future 2

Friday 12 MAY 2017

TALK:  with Hugo Spowers, inventor of the Riversimple Rasa, £10 in advance  Booking

The second in our ART IN MOTION – KNOWLEDGE and DESIGN, VOICES OF THE FUTURE talk series. We are delighted and honoured to welcome visionary, inventor, entrepreneur and environmentalist HUGO SPOWERS to introduce his ground-breaking zero-emission automobile, the Riversimple Rasa.

Now in prototype series production in Wales, the successful development of the award-winning Rasa – Hugo’s third generation hydrogen-fuelled inter-urban car – is a sensational achievement and the direct result of his dogged persistence and game-changing vision.  Whether you are an artist or engineer; an entrepreneur or financier – or simply want the opportunity to meet one of the boldest, most extraordinary inventors of modern times – tonight is an evening not to be missed.  Hugo will inspire, enthrall and change your views about what is possible and what is inevitable.

The Riversimple Rasa will be on display at Messums Wiltshire from 12 – 18 May.

Hugo SpowersHugo Spowers

Company Architect of Riversimple Movement, Hugo is an Oxford University trained engineer and entrepreneur who founded and ran a business designing and building racing cars and restoring historic racing cars.  Environmental concerns led him away from motorsport.  The focus of his MBA at Cranfield University was a feasibility study into bringing hydrogen fuel cell cars to market.  He concluded that a step change in technology is both essential and possible; the principal barriers are not technical but to do with people, politics and business inertia.  He founded OSCar Automotive in 2001, which became Riversimple in 2007.  The first fuel cell car to emerge was the LIFECar, developed by a consortium Hugo brought together with Morgan and caused a sensation at the Geneva Motorshow in 2008.  The small Hyrban technology demonstrator followed in 2009.  Hugo is responsible for all the technical aspects of the new car in development and for the architecture of the business itself. 


Tickets for Hugo’s talk on Friday 12 May are limited.


The Rasa is a two seater ‘network electric’ car, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The chassis is a carbon fibre monocoque made from very lightweight but extremely stiff carbon fibre composites. The monocoque chassis weighs less than 40kg.

The car is very light weighing only 580 kg and embodies various key features:

Four electric motors, one in each wheel
Motors as brakes – recovering over 50% of kinetic energy when braking
Super-capacitors to store this energy and provide most of the power for acceleration
A low powered hydrogen fuel cell ( 8.5 kW)
A body made of lightweight composites