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Racecar Set-up Online Module

Our Racecar Set-up Online Module took place on Saturday 21 November 2020.

Taught by expert race engineer tutors, this module covered:

  • How to simulate car set-up at the track
  • F1 car set-up
  • Endurance car set-up
  • IndyCar set-up

Jonathan Marshall - Head of Vehicle Science

Jon has worked in a wide variety of roles ranging from Vehicle Dynamics Engineer to Race Engineer and for 5 different F1 teams including Minardi F1, Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing, Renault F1 and now Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team.

Gavin Ward - Race Engineer

Gavin previously worked at Red Bull F1 for 12 years as a Trackside Controls Systems Engineer, Race Engineer and Aerodynamicist. In 2017 Gavin moved to the USA to work in IndyCar, where he won the championship with Josef Newgarden in 2019.

Danny Nowlan – Director

Danny has had a rich motorsport career working trackside for a variety of teams and championships across the world. In 2004, he launched ChassisSim which has become a key tool for Race Engineers to simulate and optimise car set-up at the track.

Peter Weston - Race Engineer

Peter has worked in endurance racing for over 25 years. He was Project Leader for Lola’s LMP1 programme and Chief Engineer for Dyson Racing Team. Now, he is the Project Coordinator for Advanced Engine Research and also a Race Engineer for Ginetta’s LMP1 programme.

Ralph Dale – Formula 3 Data Engineer

Ralph kicked off his motorsport career at Base Performance Simulators, after which he worked as a Data Engineer in GT. Now, he is a Director of his own company, where he is an F3 Data Engineer for Carlin and also a Race Engineer for several GT teams.

Past Module Programme

Session 1 – How to simulate car set-up at the track
Students found out how to use ChassisSim to simulate and tune different set-up options at the racetrack. PLUS! Students got an exclusive opportunity to put into practice what they've learnt and use ChassisSim to achieve the fastest set-up, with the winner receiving an exciting prize! 

Session 2 – F1 car set-up
Our tutors uncovered the important factors F1 engineers need to consider when setting up an F1 car for a variety of different circuits.

Session 3 – Endurance car set-up
Ever wondered how car set-up changes during a 24 hour race? Students learnt the tips and tricks Race Engineers use to cope with setting up a car for both day and night racing.

Session 4 – IndyCar set-up
With left turns only, surely setting up a car for oval racing is easy? Our tutors taught why that isn't quite the case.

On successful completion of the Online Module, graduates are awarded an industry-recognised certificate of completion from the MIA

Our next Racecar Set-up Online Module will take place on 16 October 2021.

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