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Hybrid & Electric Powertrains

Hybrid & Electric Powertrains

Our Hybrid & Electric Powertrains Online Modules took place on Saturday 20 March 2021.

Taught by expert tutors, this module covered:
  • Formula 1 power unit
  • LMDh & Extreme E power units
  • Formula E powertrain
  • BTCC hybrid

As every motorsport championship continues to convert to hybrid or electric powertrains, this module will explained the engineering behind this technology. Attendees discovered the strategies teams use to maximise performance of batteries, motors and inverters as well as how engineers optimise energy regen and deployment around a lap.


Owen Jones - Head of Performance and Controls

Owen has spent the past 25 seasons working on F1 engines. In 2006, he joined Mercedes HPP as Head of Performance and Controls, responsible for all performance aspects of both the V8 and V6 hybrid power units. 

Douglas Campling – Head of Motorsport

Doug began his career as a Senior Design Engineer at Cosworth and in 2006 moved to Williams F1. After 6 years, he then worked at Williams Advanced Engineering where he now heads up the entire motorsport department. 

Ben Facer – Senior Design Engineer

Ben has been involved in motorsport for the last 12 years. Working as a mechanic in a variety of motorsport categories, Ben then worked at Ginetta and RML as a Design Engineer, before joining Williams Advanced Engineering. 

Jack Chamberlain – Design Engineer

Jack was formerly Team Principal at Brunel Racing Formula Student team. After graduating from Brunel University, he now works at Williams Advanced Engineering across a variety of projects. 

Charlotte Phelps - Strategy Engineer

After finishing her studies, Charlotte previously worked at Mercedes HPP as a Strategy Engineer. She spends her free weekends Data Engineering for Barwell Motorsport, running two Lamborghini's in British GT.

Christian Silk - Team Principal

Christian has worked for four F1 teams: Benetton, Renault, Marussia and Williams. In 2017, he switched to electric racing and became Chief Race Engineer at NIO Formula E team, where he is now Team Principal.

Simon Dowson - Managing Director

Simon began his career as a graduate at world renowned constructor Reynard Motorsport, over the 16 years he has been a co-owner of Delta, which has recently been acquired by Cosworth, combining Delta’s experience in electrification with over 60 years of British engineering excellence at Cosworth.

Module Programme:

Session 1 – Formula 1 power unit

Discover the inner workings of today’s F1 power units as our expert tutors reveal how the hybrid system works together with the combustion engine. You’ll also learn about the MGU-K, MGU-H and ERS systems as well as the latest tactics engineers use to maximise power unit performance.

Session 2 – LMDh & Extreme E power units

Williams Advanced Engineering will be uncovering the secrets behind the technology powering LMDh and Extreme E. You’ll discover the technical challenges they faced when developing powertrains to survive 6, 12 and 24 hours as well as some of the harshest environments in the world. 

Session 3 – Formula E powertrain
Understand the challenges of racing an electric powertrain and how to push its limits of performance. You’ll also find out how teams manage energy regen and deployment strategies throughout a lap as well as exploit Fanboost and Attack Mode.

Session 4 - BTCC hybrid
Find out how Delta Motorsport developed the battery pack to survive the brutal environment of touring car racing. You'll also learn how the BTCC plans to utilise the hybrid package as another tool to promote exciting racing. 

*Schedule TBC.

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