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Tyre Engineering

Our Tyre Engineering online module took place on 22 January

Tyre Engineering

Our Tyre Engineering module took place on 22 January 2022, please contact elinor.morris@the-mia.com to register your interest for next year.

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.

The module featured the following companies and teams

Jack Seddon - Trackside Support Engineer

Jack graduated from Cranfield University in 2019 with a MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering. Alongside his studies he worked as a Data Engineer for several GT championships as well as TCR. In 2019 he became a Trackside Support Engineer for Goodyear where he helps race teams in WEC and ELMS optimise tyre performance throughout endurance races.

James Knapton - Head of Vehicle Science

James Knapton has enjoyed a rich career in Formula 1, as the Head of Vehicle Science at Force India, Sauber and Manor F1 teams. Now, he works with Adrian Newey on the Aston Martin Valkyrie project in his role as Head of Vehicle Science at Red Bull Advanced Technologies. 

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 project.

*Please note due to racing commitments this is a recorded session.

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.

*Please note due to racing commitments this is a recorded session.

Gemma Hatton - Course Leader

Gemma has worked trackside in BTCC, GT and as an F1 Tyre engineer for Pirelli and Manor F1. She has also been Deputy Editor of Racecar Engineering Magazine and now runs her own technical writing business.

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 – Tyre fundamentals

Understand the behaviour of rubber and how tyres generate grip through the contact patch.

Session 3 – Endurance tyres

Find out the tactics behind optimising tyre temperatures, pressures, wear and degradation during 6, 12 and 24 hour races.   

Session 4 - Rally & Rallycross tyres

Discover how Rally and Rallycross tyres are designed to cope with tarmac, gravel and snow surfaces as well as jumps and drifting.


"It was a great opportunity for me to take such an informative course online. It is helpful for students from other countries outside the UK. Thank you so much."

Please contact elinor.morris@the-mia.com to register your interest for 2023.


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