|Perry 'P.T.' Jones|
Perry 'P.T.' Jones has joined the DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. as chief operating officer overseeing all aspects related to the DeltaWing companies, which includes DeltaWing Technologies Inc., DeltaWing Manufacturing Co. LLC, Panoz, and Panoz DeltaWing Racing. In a related announcement, Jones also has been appointed to the DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. board of directors.
Jones has extensive automotive experience, most recently as Advanced Vehicle Systems Program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and ORNL’s primary contact with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies, overseeing ORNL’s vehicle and transportation research program strategy. He also was the principle investigator for the DOE’s Green Racing Initiative, providing direction for sustainable motorsports.
Jones also managed ORNL’s Wireless Power Transfer projects for the DOE, was the operating agent for the International Energy Association’s focus on wireless charging of electric vehicles, and supported USCAR’s Vehicle Systems Analysis Tech Team and U.S. Drive team initiatives.
He spent a decade in several engineering capacities within and supporting General Motors Corp. Jones most recently was engineering program manager – Challenge X, a four-year GM and DOE sponsored university hybrid vehicle competition that ended in 2008 upon the launch of the three-year EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition. Challenge X introduced students and universities to the GM Global development process, which required universities to embrace the process and math tools with curriculum-supported classes.
Jones also was performance integration team lead at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds in Milford, Mich., responsible for the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) & Structures team during development of the Hummer H3 SUV. At GM’s Truck Product Center in Pontiac, Mich., he was design release engineer overseeing the E85 Ethanol Flex Fuel product development team.
Jones also has experience in the marine and composites industry as design and engineering manager for MasterCraft Boats and systems engineer & portfolio engineer for Sea Ray Boats.
The DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. provides transportation design, engineering and manufacturing solutions through DeltaWing Technologies Inc. and DeltaWing Manufacturing Co. LLC. It also builds exclusive luxury sports cars under the Panoz brand, and races the revolutionary DeltaWing coupe under its motorsports division, Panoz DeltaWing Racing.
DeltaWing is developing a road car featuring the DeltaWingÂ® vehicle design that has been race proven in the world’s toughest competitions through the DeltaWing coupe that races in IMSA’s 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It is about half the weight and has roughly half the aerodynamic drag, half the horsepower, and significantly less fuel consumption, yet delivers the same performance as its competitors.
A street-legal DeltaWing, like the DeltaWing coupe race car, will feature significantly reduced overall mass. Less mass and weight means less horsepower is needed, which reduces fuel/energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. And the design can use electric or hybrid powertrains and small and light high-efficiency gas, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines.