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Motorsport Engineering

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:14 pm

This is long....typical of me really, but i am trying to get as many opinions as possible on this, from teachers, parents, everyone really, hence why i am posting this on here.

I have recently been thinking about what i want to go on to study in university (hopefully) since i am two weeks in to A levels. Ive always known that i have wanted to be an engineer but i never really knew exactly what part of engineering i wanted to aim for. A couple of years back i became massively obsessed with aircraft and began to read up on all sorts of aircraft in my spare time and learnt about what different parts of the planes do, how different parts work and so on.

After not too long i started to get hooked on Formula 1 and just motorsport in general. I sat infront of the TV and watched something like 6-7 hours of motorsport on a few weekends. Formula 1 followed by the BTCC, Renault Clio cup, Porsche cup and all of that on ITV4. So i started doing the same thing that i did with aircraft, just research and look at cars etc. I also started to work in a garage for a bit, so my interest and "experience" with cars grew quite a bit from that. I didnt really do much fixing but i did loads and loads of watching and understanding and i just find it interesting. And my interest in aircraft as a future career has sort of diminished.

Eventually i decided that i wanted to be an aerodynamicist. I wanted to design aerodynamics for cars. And this has been my decision for a long while now, but i never bothered looking at universities that would offer this up until now. I had a look, and by searching for just "aerodynamics" it usually ended up being an aerospace or aeronautical engineering course, which isnt really what i would like to do.

Eventually i read something that said "motorsport engineering" and i clicked on it and read on, and it sounds exactly like the sort of course i would like to study. Im a huge fan of motorsport, i love my cars and have a knowledge of how alot of things work in a car. It sounded perfect. I havent actually pinpointed a certain university, purely because there isnt really much point. Either way, i am going to try my hardest in all of my A Levels (particularly maths and physics) anyhow. But i have had a look and they say they want a minimum of C in English GCSE which i have, and it says this for A levels A-level: grades BBB (for BEng) or ABB (for MEng) I am confident that i can get at least an A in physics as i love physics and it is my strongest science, and maths is probably going to be a B at least, A if i work my nuts off big time.

The only thing that is putting me off is the whole "coming out of uni qualified but cant get a job" scenario that i might face...my mum was the first person to ruin it for me by saying that, just as i thought i had my future goal sorted :lol: but i cant help but understand that she does have a point. And there is nothing else that i would like to do in uni, and i dont want to study something that i dont like because whats the point, and my parents will be wasting their money. But then if i do do Motorsport Engineering i would probably find it hard to get a job unless i become the next Adrian Newey!

So do you think i should just carry on and stick with what i really want to do, or change my way of thinking and do something i am less interested in, but would be a more logical sort of option? I appreciate that i may sound really ambitious and possibly have jumped the gun...but ive been thinking about it quite alot and i just wanna see what people think. Thanks.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby nicklouse » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:27 pm

there is motorsport as a degree at a number of Unis. there are also other Automotive degrees. engineering and technology.

getting into motor sport is not good pay at all. but it can lead to better paid jobs later on.

work your nuts off if you want to do it.

take a year out as well and get your hands oily. and dont forget when you get to Uni you can change courses.
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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:31 pm

Thanks for your reply nicklouse, i shall continue looking.

I wasnt aware that you could change in uni, cheers.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby nicklouse » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:33 pm

IIRC Huddersfield now do a MS degree. Heriot-Watt i think do so i think.
most unis are also involved with the Formula Student challenge which you should get involved with.

and learn some 3D CAD
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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby cooldad » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:36 pm

My advice (and it's the same that I gave my son) is study something that interests you, which in his case is physics.
Unless you do something really stupid like poetry on ancient pottery, a decent engineer will always find a job, even if it's not in an F1 team initially. Most skills are transferable.
If you are good, interested and enthusiastic you'll do fine.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby WindyG » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:38 pm

I would say go for it if that's what you want to do. I used to work in the motorsport industry mainly with tin tops and some side contract work with F1, I was offered the chance to join Benetton but was advised against it due to the commitment needed to the job. And that is the one thing you have to consider is you really must be prepared to move to where the work is and that could easily be in anywhere in the world and also accept it isn't a 9-5 job, you work the hours that are needed. Education wise you will have to really excel to get the best chance of work in the industry.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby cooldad » Wed Sep 18, 2013 21:42 pm

Did Benetton want you to knit woolly jumpers?
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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 22:48 pm

Do it if it interests you, but don't necessarily expect to get a job in motorsports from it - it's a very small field.

Read this, from the horse's mouth:

http://www.triumphtorque.com/messageboa ... ght=degree

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby WindyG » Wed Sep 18, 2013 22:58 pm

cooldad wrote:Did Benetton want you to knit woolly jumpers?


+ hats, they knew I was really good.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Veronese68 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:31 pm

cooldad wrote:My advice (and it's the same that I gave my son) is study something that interests you, which in his case is physics.
Unless you do something really stupid like poetry on ancient pottery, a decent engineer will always find a job, even if it's not in an F1 team initially. Most skills are transferable.
If you are good, interested and enthusiastic you'll do fine.

(His mother wanted him to become an accountant - another reason she hates me. A lot.)

Completely agree with this. Although my son is a bit younger, now in year 9, this is pretty much what I would tell him. He too is thinking about engineering in future. He did some sort of careers questionnaire thing before choosing his GCSE options and 29 of the 30 suggested jobs for him had engineer in the title.
Taking a year out as Nicklouse said is a good idea, though be careful as I'm still on my year out.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Arthur Scrimshaw » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:44 pm

There's a guy on the road forum who's heavily involved in F1 motorsport engineering at a senior level. Maybe he could advise you? His forum name is VTech.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby nicklouse » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:49 pm

Arthur Scrimshaw wrote:There's a guy on the road forum who's heavily involved in F1 motorsport engineering at a senior level. Maybe he could advise you? His forum name is VTech.

mmm

automotive software industry
not quite but associated.
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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Croptonboy » Thu Sep 19, 2013 14:00 pm

A buddy of mine did a Motorsport Technology degree at Hatfield with the intention of trying to get work with one of the Rally teams. He never got anywhere, and eventually set up his own business, initially detailing cars, and now sell/fits performance parts.

If you want, I might be able to put you in contact with him, if you have any questions or would like to know more.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby nicklouse » Thu Sep 19, 2013 15:07 pm

Ok as i have a moment or two to add some filler to this.

All motorsport teams (and I am talking about the ones at the top) will use 3D CAD for all there development, they will also have other parts that will use the 3D data for further testing FEMA for one.

what 3D CAD they use... the Unis should know and should have a suitable training platform. if not the find out what and teach yourself.

taking a it a step sideways the Automotive industry only use 2 or 3 CAD platforms (but their suppliers may use any or the same it depends on how flexible they are and who there customers are).

back to Motorsports. they dont just need engineers. they also need people who do Logistics, finance, etc etc so dont get bogged down with engineering.

most Unis will have a Motorsports society join it.

back to the year out. if you dont have hands on car experiance try and get some.

find a local motorsports club and see if anyone needs a helper at an event. I spent many a weekend freezeing my nuts off at rallys for no pay. If there are some who circuit race you might be able to offer help. Nothing like making a new exhaust system over night. Or stripping and rebuilding and engine between practice and race day again for no pay.

food and accomodation is normaly provided ;) Like i said get your hands oily. Many courses will take on prior learning as points towards your degree.

being a Petrol head does help. but Motorsports is all work and no pay. (ask Kimi).

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Pesky Jones » Thu Sep 19, 2013 15:18 pm

QUESTION: Is that a nova in the last pic?

QUESTION: Is that a supercharger on that nova? lol

QUESTION: Anyone else watch the U.S office?

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby nicklouse » Thu Sep 19, 2013 15:26 pm

1 no
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what?
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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Pesky Jones » Thu Sep 19, 2013 15:35 pm

Oh right, what is it?

Oh right, what is it?

It was to do with my original questions format, it's how one of the characters ask questions.

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby Croptonboy » Thu Sep 19, 2013 15:46 pm

I think it's a Metro

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Thu Sep 19, 2013 18:29 pm

Croptonboy wrote:A buddy of mine did a Motorsport Technology degree at Hatfield with the intention of trying to get work with one of the Rally teams. He never got anywhere, and eventually set up his own business, initially detailing cars, and now sell/fits performance parts.

If you want, I might be able to put you in contact with him, if you have any questions or would like to know more.


There still must be decent money in doing that. I worked in a garage and they charged people bucket loads of money fitting bog standard unipart/allparts parts to your average car! The labour they charged on one job was almost twice my daily pay (£20 :lol: )

Thanks for the offer, but im alright :)

nicklouse wrote:Ok as i have a moment or two to add some filler to this.

All motorsport teams (and I am talking about the ones at the top) will use 3D CAD for all there development, they will also have other parts that will use the 3D data for further testing FEMA for one.

what 3D CAD they use... the Unis should know and should have a suitable training platform. if not the find out what and teach yourself.

taking a it a step sideways the Automotive industry only use 2 or 3 CAD platforms (but their suppliers may use any or the same it depends on how flexible they are and who there customers are).

back to Motorsports. they dont just need engineers. they also need people who do Logistics, finance, etc etc so dont get bogged down with engineering.

most Unis will have a Motorsports society join it.

back to the year out. if you dont have hands on car experiance try and get some.

find a local motorsports club and see if anyone needs a helper at an event. I spent many a weekend freezeing my nuts off at rallys for no pay. If there are some who circuit race you might be able to offer help. Nothing like making a new exhaust system over night. Or stripping and rebuilding and engine between practice and race day again for no pay.

food and accomodation is normaly provided ;) Like i said get your hands oily. Many courses will take on prior learning as points towards your degree.

being a Petrol head does help. but Motorsports is all work and no pay. (ask Kimi).


Thanks for that information, very very helpful. Im glad its computer aided designing cause i cant draw for shyte!!

I dont know of any motorsporting going on anywhere near here. Apart from the chavs who drive those banger vauxhall corsas with those loud exhausts. :lol:

I did work experience in a garage, and they liked me so they decided to get me in for a few weeks to help out around the garage. I probably worked there for 2 months in total, they call me in during christmas or summer when one of the mechanics takes a couple of weeks off. They tell me about certain things, like in MOTs they show me why the car is going to fail and explain it to me. Or i watch a mechanic doing a job and i ask them a question and they explain. The fact that they called me in out of all of the other work experience students is a good thing to mention when going uni.

I would love to do anything that is involved with motorsports with or without pay, and i would like to be given the opportunity to do something a bit more major on a car like doing the timing, or fitting the head or something like that.

I read about Kimi today :lol: Lotus didnt pay him, so thats the reason why he left to Ferrari. Well hopefully Ferrari give him what they did in 2007. Without the need for the other Ferrari driver to let him through to win though!

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Re: Motorsport Engineering

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Thu Sep 19, 2013 18:31 pm

Are those the cars you took pictures of in the rally thing you went to? Or are they yours (you must be rich if they are?) The orange car and the last car look amazing. Dont know what they are though.


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