Cedric invented the motor that changed the face of electric motor architecture in the 1980s and 1990s and continues to pervade today.
The son of a London code-breaker who worked alongside Alan Turing deciphering the messages encrypted by the German Enigma machine in WWII, Cedric’s interest in the electrical and the mechanical was apparent from a young age.
At 24, he entered a competition ran by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and electrical firm Lucas to create a vehicle powered by two car batteries that could achieve the longest range. With a home-made motor built in his basement from flattened soup cans, Cedric’s vehicle came second out of 50 – much to the surprise of the 49 considerably better funded entrants from the worlds of academia and commerce.
Further competitions saw him refine and develop his motor concept into what would become the prototype Lynch Motor, which used a permanent magnet and revolutionary axial flux that would redefine electric motor architecture. The Lynch Motor went into small-scale production in 1988 with London Innovation and later LEMCO. A year later, four Lynch motors powered the boat An Stradag to an electric boat world speed record of over 80 km/h (50 mph).
Working with Agni Motors for the past 12 years, Cedric has racked up a host of prestigious awards including the Guinness World Record for the world’s first manned electric helicopter, the world speed record for the first e-powered aircraft, the Mansura Medal for outstanding contribution to hybrid development and the winning motorcycle at the UK’s inaugural e-motorcycle race TT Zero.
Committed to social responsibility and the democratisation of sustainable motor technologies, Cedric embodies the very heart and soul of Saietta.