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Tyre Engineering

Tyre Engineering

Our Tyre Engineering Online Module took place on the Saturday 23 January 2021.

Taught by expert tutors, this module covered:

  • Formula One tyres
  • Endurance tyres
  • Rally & Rallycross tyres

Tyres are the only component that connects a racecar to the track, which is why they are the most important performance area on a racecar. Whether it’s increased downforce, extra power or less weight, everything engineers develop to add performance, has to be transmitted through the tyres.

However, the complex behaviour of rubber makes optimising tyre performance a black art. Engineers have to manage temperatures, pressures, wear and degradation, all whilst tuning the set-up to maximise grip.


Hiroshi Imai - Director of Race Engineering

Hiroshi spent over 18 years at Bridgestone developing F1 tyres. In 2009 he moved to McLaren as Principal engineer, working trackside to help McLaren maximise tyre performance. In 2017 he became Chief Race Engineer. His F1 tyre expertise is renowned throughout the pitlane.

Tim Jackson - Lead WRC Development Engineer

Tim spent 6 years as a works Rally Engineer for the Ford World Rally Team, securing 2 FIA Manufacturers titles, before spearheading M-Sport's US & Europe rallycross programs. Now back in the WRC, he heads up the test and development of M-Sport Ford's WRC projects.

Tomoki Takahashi – Race Engineer

Taka has been working trackside in motorsport for over 10 years. He has Race Engineered in British GT, BTCC, ELMS, WEC and has also been a Performance Engineer for Dragon Racing in Formula E. 

Module Programme:

Session 1 – Formula One tyres
Discover how F1 engineers analyse tyre performance by calculating tyre compound deltas, degradation and wear rates. Understand the importance of tyre models in F1 and how these are utilised trackside to maximise performance.  

Session 2 – Endurance tyres
Find out how endurance teams manage the same set of tyres to last the equivalent distance of two and a half F1 races. You’ll also learn the tactics behind optimising tyre temperatures, pressures, wear and degradation during a 6, 12 and 24 hour race.   

Session 3 – Rally & Rallycross tyres
Managing the performance of Rally tyres requires a completely different approach. Find out the tyre strategies and tactics Rally teams use, as well as how Rally rubber is designed to cope with tarmac, gravel and snow surfaces.

World RX cars accelerate from 0-60mph faster than F1. So how do teams tune the tyres to cope with those accelerations, along with mixed surfaces and 2m high jumps? Uncover the secrets behind Rallycross tyre engineering.

Register your interest in our next Tyre Engineering online module by clicking the link below.


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