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About the programme

The course will be taught in the superb classroom environment of SportPesa Racing Point F1™ Team at Silverstone and will include an interactive learning session using Cranfield Simulation’s Formula 1 simulator at Cranfield University. 

You will be taught by tutors who are currently active and successful Race Engineers in Formula 1, WEC, BTCC and Indycar. They will teach you the latest technologies and tricks of the trade and you will benefit from their real world trackside experiences.

Each topic covered by the course has been carefully selected and designed to equip you with all the knowledge and skills required to develop your career as a Race Engineer.

On successful completion of this specialised course you will be awarded an industry recognised Diploma from the MIA School of Race Engineering. This will be an invaluable addition to your CV whether you are looking to further your career or education.

Course content:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Brake Performance
  • Data Analysis
  • Driver Communication
  • Electric Race Engineering
  • Optimising car set-up 
  • Performance Engineering 
  • Race Engineering 
  • Simulator Engineering
  • Strategy
  • Suspension
  • The Role of a Race Engineer
  • Tyre Engineering
  • Vehicle Dynamics 


Our confirmed tutors for the April 2019 School of Race Engineering can be found below. 

Willem Toet - Professor, Aerodynamics Specialist & Senior Sales Manager - Sauber Aerodynamik AG

Willem Toet is a renowned aerodynamicist with a rich career history, that includes heading the aerodynamic departments of four different Formula 1 teams such as Ferarri and most recently Sauber. With over 30 years' experience in F1, Willem not only knows all the aerodynamic tricks used in racing but he may have even pioneered a few too!

James Knapton - Head of Vehicle Science - Red Bull Advanced Technologies

James Knapton has enjoyed a rich career in Formula 1, as the Head of Vehicle Science and Force India, Sauber and Manor Racing F1 teams. His latest challenge consists of working with the likes of Adrian Newey on the Aston Martin Valkyrie project in his role as Head of Vehicle Science at Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Throughout his years in Formula 1 he has gained a vast knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics, suspension, aerodynamics, tyres, and control systems to name a few. He has also worked closely with many race engineers and knows the demands of the role and the required qualities and knowledge to succeed as a Race Engineer in Formula 1.

Ricardo Divila - Race Engineer - F1, IndyCar, F2, F3, GT & Prototype

Ricardo is one of the most experienced Race Engineers in the world, who has worked trackside for over 59 years! In that time he has competed at 2,600 races including 286 F1 Grand Prix's, 31 Le Mans 24 Hours and 25 IndyCar races.He has worked with 171 drivers in total, including the likes of Jenson Button, Mario Andretti and Sebastien Loeb. There is no other Race Engineer who can offer as much insight and experience as Ricardo Divila, and he will be teaching the students everything they need to know about Race Engineering, Tyres and Strategy. 

Rik Kasius - Race Engineer - Motorsport Consulting

Rik has been a Data Engineer and/or Race Engineer for an impressive variety of race teams so far in his career, including GT's, prototypes and has also been involved in simulator coaching at iZone and car development at RML. Working for Motorsport Consulting a company he founded in 2012, Rik currently race engineers in F4 for Van Amersfoort Racing, Formula Renault and LMP3. In addition to all the tasks of a Race Engineer, Rik focuses his attention on improving driver performance through effective internal and external communication, which was the topic of his MSc thesis. Drivers are the most important tool to unlock the performance of a racecar and so managing their mental state and ensuring they are given the right information at the right time is an essential part of being a Race Engineer and a skill which Rik will be sharing with the students during his presentations and the interactive simulator session. 

Craig Porley - Race Engineer and Test Engineer- AmD Tuning & Red Bull Technology

Craig's motorsport experience stretches to nearly 15 years. Starting off as a composite technician back in 2004, Craig then moved to Xtrac as a R&D Engineer and now works at Red Bull Technology as a Test Engineer where he spends his days running test programs on the chassis, suspension systems and aerodynamic devices. Alongside his full time work, Craig has also been a 'weekend warrior' working as a Senior Data Engineer at JRM, winning the 2011 FIA GT1 drivers championship as well as race engineering several BTCC teams including West Surrey Racing, Eurotech Racing and AmD Tuning. Craig's invaluable mix of factory and trackside experience makes him the perfect tutor for teaching students what it's really like to be a Race Engineer.

Jason Carpenter - Trackside & Product Support Engineer - AP Racing

Jason graduated from Oxford Brookes University and has spent the last 13 years working in F1. Starting off as a Wind Tunnel engineer for Williams F1, Jason then moved to Pirelli and worked as a Trackside Tyre Engineer in the F1 pitlane. This role involved working with his assigned F1 team in the garage, speaking to the drivers, attending team briefings whilst monitoring and measuring the wear and degradation of the different tyre compounds to try and help the team optimise their tyre performance for their strategy. Now, Jason works at AP Racing where he once again spends the majority of his time in the F1 pitlane, managing the brake and clutch components that AP Racing supplies to several teams.

As a graduate of the MIA School of Race Engineering

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an industry-recognised certificate of completion from the MIA School of Race Engineering.


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