World Champion Racer, Formula E Team Principal Allan McNish Joins Board of Pasadena Company

Published : Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 6:43 AM

Allan McNish, Image Courtesy Wikipedia

Motorsport legend and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E team principal Allan McNish has joined the Advisory Board of COAST Autonomous, a self-driving vehicle technology company based in Pasadena.

COAST Autonomous announced McNish’s entry into the advisory board in a statement Tuesday. The company said they plan to tap into McNish’s many years of experience of performing at a top level of motorsports and working with OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), along with his team building and organization skills and his ready access to auto industry suppliers and senior executives across the corporate landscape.

“Allan’s motorsports pedigree, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, the FIA World Endurance Championship, three American Le Mans Series titles and most recently the FIA Formula E Championship as Team Principal, speaks for itself,” Adrian Sussmann, COAST President and Board Member, said. “Success breeds success and Allan knows better than anyone what it takes to win. We are looking forward to his insight and guidance as we build a team to compete for victory at low speed.”

McNish, won the FIA World Endurance Championship in Shanghai, China five years ago, the last time he drove a racing car. This time, he will be driving slow cars!

“Adrian and I have discussed many opportunities over the years, mostly to do with driving racing cars at high speeds and in great danger! Now that I have retired from being a racing driver, the idea of not driving, at low speeds, very safely, is quite appealing,” McNish said. “I am in total agreement with COAST’s thesis, regarding the benefits of low-speed AVs in private sites, city centers and controlled environments. In my world travels, I get to see the problems with traffic and pollution and I do believe that a combination of electrification and enlarged pedestrian city centers with low speed on-demand AVs for mobility, is a solution that can significantly improve urban environments.”

McNish said he looks forward to testing a COAST golf cart and P-1 Shuttle.

“Even if their vehicles go slow, I am excited to help COAST’s business accelerate,” he said.

COAST Autonomous provides self-driving mobility solutions for low-speed environments: campuses, airports, resorts, theme parks and city centers. The company said it plans to deploy its first fleets in 2019.

The statement spokes of a “secret sauce,” which it said is software that is pedestrian friendly combined with a low-cost sensor fusion that does not compromise on performance or safety.

On COAST’s Advisory Board, McNish joins three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, Stanford Professor Dr. Marco Pavone and the former Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, Rick Baker.

To learn more about COAST Autonomous, visit

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