Cedric Lynch - Inventor of the Lynch Motor

Cedric Lynch was born in December 1955 and has from an early age been interested in anything electrical or mechanical. In 1979 he entered a competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the electrical firm Lucas, to find who could make a vehicle to get furthest in two hours on the power of two small car batteries, and came second out of about 50 competitors using a home-made motor which had armature and field laminations cut out from flattened soup cans. For subsequent similar competitions run by the Battery Vehicle Society he developed a better motor, which used permanent magnets and also had the magnetic flux running axially through the armature.

In this motor the iron laminations were rectangular, which made it possible to have them commercially made from material intended for this purpose without the expense of a special stamping tool. Because the flux passes through the laminations along one axis only, it became possible to take advantage of grain-oriented material normally used in large transformers. This has much better magnetic properties along the grain orientation but worse properties in other directions, so in the traditional type of motor it gives little or no benefit.

This motor went into small-scale production in 1988 with the firm London Innovation and later with LEMCO. In 1989 four of them powered the boat “An Stradag”, driven by the Countess of Arran, to a world record speed for an electric boat of just over 80 km/h (50 mph).

The motor was adopted by the Swiss company ASMO for use in its electric go-kart drive systems. Its efficiency extends the life of the batteries and so improves the economics of running an electric karting track.
In July 2002 the Danish parent company of LEMCO dismissed Cedric Lynch. An industrial tribunal ruled several months later that the dismissal was unfair and also ordered LEMCO to pay Cedric a large amount of money it owed him. On the same day LEMCO was put into liquidation heavily insolvent. Many of its assets had been transferred over the previous few months to L.M.C., a previously dormant company owned by the same parent company, which has since continued making motors in the UK.

Subsequently Cedric got together with his friend Arvind Rabadia, who together with his Brother Hasmuk Rabadia had been thinking of starting a business in India, and set up Agni Motors to make further-improved versions of Cedric's motors.