Walkinshaw offers to make medical supplies

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 23/03/2020
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus, pic: Daniel Kalisz

Prominent Supercars team owner Ryan Walkinshaw has offered his company's expertise to make emergency medical equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Melbourne-based Walkinshaw Automotive Group boasts engineering and manufacturing capabilities for left-to-right-hand-drive road car conversions.

Walkinshaw is eager to utilise the company’s equipment and knowledge, particularly in the area of 3D printing, which can be used to make ventilators.

He confirmed to CarAdvice that he’s made the offer to the Federal and Victorian governments and is awaiting a reply.

“To help emergency departments treat patients affected by COVID-19, we have raised our hand to help both Federal and Victorian governments to design, engineer and assemble any emergency medical equipment that [can] be made with a 3D printer,” he said.

“We would need the blueprints to the design of these ventilators, but we can help once we have the right information.”

Various car makers around the world, including Ford and General Motors, are already helping with ventilators and other devices in their native countries.

Walkinshaw is a co-owner of Walkinshaw Andretti United alongside IndyCar legend Michael Andretti and McLaren boss Zak Brown, pictured above with Walkinshaw.

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