Mobility is transforming at the speed of technology. Through the power of collaboration and materials science, vehicles are becoming safer, higher performing and more efficient. These tech-enabled modernizations are shaping the future of mobility, and for us at Dow, that also means changing how we innovate, design and select materials to create the next generation of accessible, connected, and sustainable mobility solutions.
“As a group, as a team, we have huge capability in some spaces, but to come to a real expert who have the materials capability to tell us how we can improve is where we have seen real improvement as a team.”
- James Barclay
On this episode of the Seek Together Podcast, our host Eva Saha is joined by Tim Boven, Global MobilityScience™ Director at Dow, and James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal and Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Motorsport, to discuss what the future of mobility holds. They discuss the role of materials science to tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities presented by the electrification of vehicles. Together, they explore the megatrends of automotive innovation and explain the dynamic connection between innovation for Formula E racing cars and the evolution of consumer vehicles.
Motorsport is both the catalyst and platform for cutting-edge innovation in mobility. From its earliest days, racing has provided an exciting and important testing ground for the industry’s latest prototypes and a demonstration of how experts come together to create best-in-class performance vehicles. On this episode, Jaguar TCS Racing gave us a glimpse ‘under the hood’ at the cutting-edge innovations that helped them make history with a second-place team finish in the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and how both the seen and unseen race car improvements that led to a record-breaking season can be scaled and integrated into our own future vehicles.
Global MobilityScience™ Director, Dow
As the Global MobilityScience™ Director, Tim Boven leads the Dow MobilityScience™ platform, which coordinates activities and innovation across Dow to drive growth in the mobility and transportation segment. With this role, Tim assesses opportunities with external parties for collaboration and new technology options that capitalize on Dow’s broad product offerings and innovation capabilities.
Tim has helped numerous positions in Dow since 1997, including in research, Technical & Service Development, Sales, Marketing and Product Management. After 14 years with Dow Automotive, Tim transitioned out of his position as Global Business Director to join Dow Hydrocarbons as the C4 and Comonomer Business Director. In June 2015, he assumed global business supply chain responsibilities and oversaw the C4 business’ profitability and comonomer asset optimization / sourcing strategies. In August 2018, Tim was named the Recycling Commercial Director for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics where he was responsible for developing new business models and growth strategies that monetized hard to recycle plastic and helped advance a circular economy. He assumed his current role with Dow MobilityScience™ in November 2019.
Tim holds a BS in engineering from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Central Michigan University.
Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal and Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Motorsport
James Barclay was appointed team director for Jaguar’s Formula E programme in November 2015 and he has been responsible for managing the exciting return to motorsport in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for the British brand. Over the last six years James has overseen the growth of Jaguar TCS Racing into a race winning team, thanks to the team’s first Formula E win at the Rome E-Prix in April 2019 – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991. Since then, the team have secured seven further wins, the first double podium for Jaguar in more than 30 years, a total of 21 podiums and Mitch Evans finished runner-up in season eight of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
James Barclay has recently been appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Motorsport and Team Principal of the Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E Team. In this newly expanded leadership role, James will lead Jaguar Land Rover’s Motorsport division. Jaguar is being reimagined as a pure-electric luxury brand from 2025 and Formula E will help to deliver Jaguar Land Rover’s sustainable future and digital transformation.