We are back again with our Fast Facts episode where the host, Ed Bernardon, gets to know some of the most fascinating people in the world. In this episode, he chats with Lucas Di Grassi, a professional racecar driver and a Formula E Champion. Lucas is also a passionate advocate for sustainability and was ranked as the best Formula E driver in the world in 2015.
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This episode is a treat for fans of motorsports, or for those who enjoyed listening to Ed’s interview with Lucas. Ed asks Lucas some quick and fun questions to learn more about his personality and preferences. Discover if Lucas passed his driver’s test on his first attempt, what other sport he likes to watch besides racing, what career he would have chosen if he was not a racecar driver, and much more.
This is an exciting episode that you don’t want to miss!
What was the first car you ever bought or owned?
I bought a Renault Clio. Got it when I turned 18. My father gave it to me.
Tell me your best speeding ticket story. You’ve had a speeding ticket, I’m sure.
Yes, I had a few speeding tickets. When I was younger, I was, let’s say, probably less responsible than I am today with kids. So, I had a few speeding tickets.
So, what’s the fastest you’ve driven a regular car on a normal road?
Well, I used to go to Germany a lot, so no limits in certain stages of the motorway. So, well above 340.Well above 200 mph
If you had a career in anything that wasn’t racing, what would it be?
Lucas Di Grassi – Formula E champion and former Formula 1 driver
Racing cars and building a better future
Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host
Ed is currently VP Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Responsibilities include strategic planning and business development in areas of design of autonomous/connected vehicles, lightweight automotive structures and interiors. He is also responsible for Future Car thought leadership which includes hosting the Future Car Podcast and development of cross divisional projects. Previously he was a founding member of VISTAGY that developed light-weight structure and automotive interior design software acquired by Siemens in 2011, he previously directed the Automation and Design Technology Group at MIT Draper Laboratory. Ed holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and MBA from Butler.
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