During Austosport International 2020 (NEC Birmingham, UK) Riccardo Paterni (RPM VP Business Development), Dr Tim Angus (RPM Board Advisor and UK Representative), Giorgio Casolari (RPM VP Network Develpment) and Nicoletta Visconti (Pistal Racing CEO) met members of Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society, which incorporates key individuals with world leading motorsport industry research expertise, including Professor Nick Henry , Dr Tim Angus himself and Dr Kevin Broughton. It has been very interesting and valuable to learn first hand about motorsport business roots and growth dynamics from the people that originated seminal research in the field twenty years ago and have been reviewing them since. RPM has close linkages with Coventry University and has strenghen them for the purpose to shape and sustain growth strategies for the network and its members within a motorsport business scenario in marked evolution.
RPM last General Assembly for 2019 held at Autotecnica Motori has been a great opportunity to celebrate a convivial holidays time Italian style! Happy Holidays to everyone and wishing to all a Prosperous 2020 !
I enjoyed watching the movie released on November 14th 2019 in Italy too.
An entertaining story drawn in fiction from the real story I read about years ago in the book “Go like hell: Ford, Ferrari and their battle for speed and glory at Le Mans” by A.J. Baime
The book inspired one of the chapters of my book focusing on Innovation and Motorsport “Innovation full throttle” and actually Ken Miles story (that leaves the movie’s plot) is the one to inspire the writing.
It has been a pleasure to represent RPM network at the FIA Motorsport Games 2019 ( held in Rome and at the ACI Sport Vallelunga track from October 31st – November 3rd ) together with other companies and colleagues that are part of the network.
It has also been a pleasure to invite Massimo Donatelli, Responsible for Institutional Affairs at European Union Experts (EUE) to appreciate the relevant technical contribution of RPM companies to the Games ( at this link EUE full report on the events ).
In particular it has been a great experience to follow the successful developments relevant to the Formula 4 KCMG developed by Ycom ( here a full Ycom report on this unique project ).
Motorsport and an international perspective on things are two key reference points to my professional and personal life and I felt right in my center there! Stay tuned for developments…
On 19th September 2019 RPM had its second organisational General Counsel after the one held in Rome last April. The meeting was hosted at the headquarters of Andreoli & Co. Srl , a RPM member, in Maranello, the company has 36 years of experience spanning in designing, manufacturing and certifying components for motorsport, automotive and other strategic industries such as energy and the aerospace sector ( www.andreolisrl.com ). We thank Andreoli for their kind hospitality; it has been a pleasure to visit their facilities and gain a first hand feel for the breadth and depth of their projects.
Almost all of the current RPM members (coming from all over Italy) were present to continue to empower in action plans RPM’s vision and mission. Besides administrative and bureaucratic work on the agenda (current fiscal year budget report and approval), the focus of the meeting has been to review the characteristics and development of the RPM website (released last July www.rpm-italia.org in all of its functional and organisational characteristics) and on ways to expand national and international business networking in the field of motorsport and other technologically related sectors.
RPM presence to upcoming and future international trade shows and events has been discussed and defined in action plans. The focus on ongoing development of international relations in geographical areas and sectors suitable for growth has also been debated.
It has been pointed out that the core of the development of the network and its members resides in establishing a stronger reciprocal knowledge enabling the strengthening of ties already present among members and establishing new ones within the network and towards external entities.
The focus has to be on identifying and sharing at best the own unique competencies channelling them at best in order to pursue international business development and continue to pursue innovation projects. Specific organisational programs on this subjects are in preparation and will be implemented. Related to these purposes a survey has been approved for data and information gathering customised to tailor at best RPM and its members development needs. Upcoming entering members to RPM have also been announced. Stay tuned for updates relevant to all of the activities.
RPM (acronym for Rete Professionisti Motorsport – Motorsport Professionals Network in Italian) is a network of companies and professionals that promote innovation globally through Italian Motorsport Excellence.
From their recently released website:
“Innovation is at the heartof business success in the modern globalised knowledge economy. Italian firms are renowned for their innovative capability, particularly the innovatory capability of the small and medium size firms (SMEs) that make up the backbone of the Italian economy. Within the global motorsport industry, Italy is well known as being one of the global centres for the industry, with names such as Ferrari and Ducati being just two of the global players within motorsport that are based in Italy. At the same time, Italian SMEs working within the motorsport industry are also world class in the quality of their product and their innovatory capacity. RPM has been formed to promote these Italian SMEs capabilities both within Italy and outwards to the world in the field of motorsport as well as in many others technologically advanced fields.”
Visit the newly released websiteto learn about all of the players and their latest news.
On May 16th 2019, the first edition of the Motor Valley Fest has begun with a conference held in Modena at municipal theatre named after Luciano Pavarotti. The Conference, focusing on the future of automotive, has featured a round table by the top management of the companies that traditionally represent the backbone of the Motor Valley: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati, Dallara and other automotive specialists.
The topic has been introduced by a research elaborated and presented by McKinsey & co. Here the contents relevant to such research Automotive revolution, perspective towards 2030 and Race 2050 – A vision for the European automotive industry
The round table debate has focused on debates relevant to electric vehicles overall actual impact on reducing environmental pollution and mostly ways in which synergies can be created among companies, universities and public entities in order to generate the necessary structural dynamic changes within the industry.
As Mr.Pontremoli, Dallara CEO, has summarised well, the Motor Valley has unique opportunities within these changing contexts: “No longer the dynamics are simply the ones of the bigger fish eating the smaller one; today is the fast fish that beats the slow one, and we are fast by default”.