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4-day School

The MIA School of Race Engineering hosts two 4-day Schools each year. These Schools cover 32 hours of teaching and networking with world-leading race engineers.

Hosted at the Silverstone Museum, there is no better place to learn the art of motorsport.

During the four days you will:

  • Learn more about key motorsport engineering principals

  • Get hands on through the simulator session with our racing driver

  • Build your network with race winning engineers

  • Get your CV in front of the world’s best engineers

  • Enjoy relaxed networking during our evening events

  • Be awarded an industry recognised certificate of attendance

  • Join the MIA School of Race Engineering Alumni community

Our next School will take place in November.

Sessions and tutors for April 2024 include:

Role of a Race Engineer

Delivered by Ciaron Pilbeam

  • The roles and responsibilities of a Race Engineer

  • How to create runplans for race weekends and simulator sessions

  • Define car set-up, tyre choice and strategy

  • Analyse real Formula 1 car and driver data

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Ciaron Pilbeam

Technical Director (Performance)

- Alpine F1 Team

Global racecar performance

Delivered by James Knapton

  • Car parameters that have the most influence on performance

  • Which types of corners have the highest laptime gains

  • Calculate grip balance to understand set-up changes

  • Use lift/drag efficiency to identify the performance gains of parts

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James Knapton

Head of Performance Analysis - Andretti Racing

Race Strategy

Delivered by Guillaume Ducreux

  • Understand how teams model tyre degradation

  • How to determine strategy using free air optimisation

  • Discover Monte Carlo simulation techniques

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Guillaume Ducreux

Race Strategy Analyst -Oracle Red Bull Racing


Delivered by Matthew Schofield

  • A brief introduction to Aerodynamics

  • The aerodynamic development process

  • Aerodynamics for motor racing - an example

  • How do we decide if we are making the car go faster?

  • The role of a trackside aerodynamicist

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Matthew Schofield

Principal Aerodynamicist

Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Race Engineering workshop

Delivered by Craig Porley

  • Overview of the key skills required to be a successful Race Engineer

  • Work in small groups to create a runplan for an on-track session

  • Learn how to convert driver feedback into quantitative data

  • Practise optimising car set-up based on real driver feedback

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Craig Porley

Race Engineer - Laser Tools Racing with WSR

Transmissions and Differentials

Delivered by Oliver Parker and Gerhard Barkhuizen

  • Understand gear theory and define gear ratios

  • Hybrid and electric transmission layouts

  • Differential types, preload and lubrication

  • Analyse real data from a touring car differential

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Gerhard Barkhuizen

Analysis Engineer


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Oliver Parker

Senior Design Engineer Xtrac


Delivered by Steve Hood

  • Technical insight into brake design

  • How to manage wear and temperature to achieve optimum performance

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Steve Hood

Technical Sales Manager USA - AP Racing


Delivered by Rob Sharp

  • Learn the different damper configurations and control arm setups

  • Overview of four post rig testing

  • Understand castor, camber gain and camber thrust

  • Identify vehicle balance issues from real car data

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Rob Sharp

Race Engineer in GTWC and WEC

Data analysis

Delivered by Geoff Dymott

  • Find out what the most important sensors on a racecar are

  • Understand how sensors work

  • Practise identifying typical sensor issues from data

  • Tips on how to ensure sensors are generating accurate and reliable results

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Geoff Dymott

Race Engineer - Century Motorsport

Simulator session

Delivered by Geoff Dymott and Callum Cripps

  • Analyse real sim data using MoTeC software

  • Work with Race Engineers to suggest set-up changes

  • Define runplans to analyse different set-ups

  • Practise debriefing the driver

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Geoff Dymott

Race Engineer - Century Motorsport

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Callum Cripps

Race Driver - Callum Cripps Racing

Tyre Engineering

Delivered by TBC

  • Learn the two mechanisms behind tyre grip

  • Understand the different types of tyre degradation

  • Carcass, bulk and surface temperatures and their operating windows

  • The tactics teams use to manage tyre degradation

Other subjects covered will include Race strategy, Brakes, Suspension and Racecar Set-up. Keep up to date for new announcements on by signing up to our mailing list here.

Q&A sessions and networking dinners

The course will also include two panel Q&A sessions and networking dinners where students will get the opportunity to ask questions and connect with tutors in a more relaxed environment. 

The tutors confirmed to attend the Q&A sessions for the April 2024 course are: 

To learn more about applying click here.

Hear what our graduates have to say about the School here.

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