Ian Bamsey is the world’s leading motorsport technology writer. Bamsey has a degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of the South Bank in London but since he graduated in 1977 he has specialised in motorsport journalism. He worked first for the weekly Motoring News in London, rising to the post of international racing editor and then he helped create a new British monthly magazine, Automobile Sport. Since the mid eighties Bamsey has concentrated on the technical side of motorsport. First he wrote a series of books on contemporary and historic racecars for the Haynes Publishing Group. The International Race Engine Directory of 1989, now a much sought-after collectors’ item, was the forerunner of Race Engine Technology, which came into being in the Summer of 2003.
A degree-qualified mechanical engineer with over 10 years of racing engine design and development experience, Wayne brings his expertise to the Race Engine Technology team. Now working as an independent consultant / designer through Vitesse Engineering Services mainly on racing and automotive projects, he has not only worked for some of the manufacturer Formula One teams on engine development (including championship winners), but also had a number of years in sportscar engine design with some of the major players. Passion for motorcycles fuelled his enthusiasm for engineering and motorsport. He can be found at motorsport events large and small.
Dave studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2010 and competing in the UK’s Formula Student event that year. After a brief stint at McLaren Racing, he joined the Warwick Manufacturing Group and is currently researching for a PhD in the field of Additive Layer Manufacture, an exciting technology for improving performance of components in the autosport and aerospace industries. He says writing for RET provides an enjoyable opportunity to gain a highly detailed understanding of many differing areas of powertrain technology he would otherwise not be exposed to.
Motorsport has been a lifelong passion for Lawrence, be it competing, preparing, writing about or photographing racing cars. His journalistic career began in 2004, shooting winter sports action in British Columbia, Canada. Following a return to the UK, he worked for Autosport magazine before moving to Racecar Engineering magazine in 2007, allowing him to indulge his interest in the more technical aspects of motorsport. In 2010 Lawrence went freelance, writing for a number of technical motorsport and classic vehicle publications; notably as Editor of Race Engine Technology’s Race Technology Reports.
Neil Spalding has been involved in racing motorcycles for years and several stints of club racing gave an insight into setting up racing motorcycles. After that, three years of running the European Supermono Cup, a series for prototype single cylinder bikes run alongside World Superbike, started an education in motorcycle design. Along the way he also ran his own British Supersport team. Neil runs Sigma Performance Limited a specialist Ducati workshop and slipper clutch supplier. Neil is also the author of MotoGP Technology, released by Haynes.
With over 45 years’ experience in motorsport powertrain engineering, design and development that has covered International Rally Championships, World and National Touring Car Series, Sports Cars and includes some eight years with Cosworth Racing, managing their Formula 1 customer engines division, David has certainly served his time. He now provides an independent motorsport design consultancy service from his base in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and is currently involved with the Powerboat P1 Offshore Championship working with a variety of marine racing engines ranging from twin supercharged V8s, Ilmor V10s and Seatek high performance marine diesels. “After a lifetime involvement, race engines, whether on land or water, two wheels or four, still give me one hell of a buzz!”
Annie has written about motorsport for over 30 years, using her home base of Long Beach, California and travelling to races across the US. Her area of expertise centres on the open wheel arena. Her affiliation with Race Engine Technology has allowed Annie to learn even more about the fascinating business of race engine design and construction.
Jack Kane holds a master’s degree in engineering, and is an accomplished machinist, a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. In his youth, he was a winning driver in a variety of automobile racing categories including rear-engine formula cars, sports cars, midgets and stock cars, and has won several championships. He has been actively involved in piston and turbine engine development since the ‘50’s. He has designed, configured, built and modified successful engines for a wide variety of specialized applications including aircraft and winning race cars. His consulting company, EPI, Inc., specializes in custom powerplant engine and gearbox products for high performance aircraft, both fixed-wing and helicopter applications.
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Born in Colchester, England, Martin moved to the US in 1992 to pursue his interest in US motorsport and particularly NASCAR after being in and around UK oval and Porsche racing since a child. Martin started covering NASCAR for Motoring News upon his arrival in the States and currently writes and shoots for several racing publications in England and Australia covering NASCAR and occasionally Grand Am and the American Le Mans Series.
John Stowe is the technical director for ES&S Engineering, a firm specializing in engineered components for advanced powertrain and electronic/instrumentation applications, with a particular emphasis on precision thinwall casting. “We undertake a variety of application work and/or reverse engineering. Our most recent product is an improved Lotus twincam cylinder head.” Originally trained as a jet engine metalsmith, Mr. Stowe is also a patternmaker and machinist, and has managed many rapid prototyping/manufacturing programs, developing several proprietary foundry processes along the way. Motorsports have been a lifelong interest area, and John has owned a number of formula cars, winning a regional club championship in Formula Atlantic (FB) years ago. He is currently restoring a Brabham BT-29, and is the developer of the dual swirl porting system reported on in RET.
Rob graduated from the University of Leeds in 1991 with a BEng Honours in Mechanical Engineering, and in 1995 with a PhD in CFD. From 1995 to 1998 he worked as a support engineer and project team leader at Fluent Europe Ltd. From 1998 to 2007 Rob led Advantage CFD, an aerodynamics and CFD consultancy, from start-up, with Reynard Motorsport to eventual closure under the Honda F1 Team. In 2007 Rob and others founded TotalSim Ltd which now employs 17 people with associated companies in Italy and USA. TotalSim has continued in the same direction that Advantage CFD set and is based around open source CFD methods and provides aerodynamic development services for race car and road vehicles using CFD tools. Rob is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the IMechE.
Dan Fleetcroft, a qualified aerospace engineer, started his career at Ferrari’s Formula One team under technical director John Barnard. Dan was mentored by John, the legendary F1 engineer, for 15 years working in multiple F1 teams, Kenny Roberts’ MotoGP team and Barnard’s B3 Technologies. At B3 Dan delivered solutions across multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, defence, Olympic sport, medical and marine. Today the application of this extensive knowledge in design, simulation, materials and manufacturing technologies benefits Performance Engineered Solutions Ltd, his own design engineering business based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Sheffield.
A mechanical engineer by training John has spent a large part of his working life in Research and Development in the automotive industry. A motorsports enthusiast since the age of 5, he now prefers to spend his time either working on or writing about the cars and engines he loves so much. A former competitor in karting, rallying and circuit racing, a return to competition in the form of less arduous but more intense hill climbing is planned as soon as the rebuild of his latest project, a Mallock clubman’s car is complete.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1967, Charlie McCartan studied Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), graduating with a PhD in 1995. Since then, he has worked for five years in engine research, five years in industry and the past six years in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at QUB. His time in industry was spent as a senior mechanical engineer and team leader at FG Wilson, then as a technical specialist and technical manager for Optimum Power Technology. Since 1996, McCartan has been involved in an engine simulation and design consultancy role. Along with the late Professor Gordon Blair he wrote the 4stHEAD suite of engine simulation tools which are now used by engine and valvetrain groups worldwide. He is now also the Senior Associate of Prof Blair and Associates.
David K George
Born in Maryland, US, in 1967, David K George studied at the University of Maryland, where he obtained an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. Having initially worked for NPTI and Ed Pink, from 1993 to 1997 George worked as senior engineer for HPD. He became heavily involved in the design of Honda factory race engines, spending considerable time at Honda’s Tokyo racing/r&d facility. George moved to the UK with Cosworth Racing from 1997 until 1999. He then spent ten years as technical director of Roush Yates Engines, overseeing NASCAR and other programmes. Having changed careers he is now a Distinguished Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (where he has been adjunct faculty since 1999). In addition to his academic responsibilities, he does considerable consulting with a wide variety of race engine and parts manufacturers.
Born in Coventry, England, in 1960, Nick Hayes studied mechanical engineering at Salford University, graduating with a BSc Honours degree. He was sponsored by Rolls-Royce Aero Engines and worked with the company until 1984. As a teenage racing enthusiast, Hayes had worked for Mick Hill Cars and Racing. He left Rolls-Royce to join Cosworth, where he became Formula One programme director in 1997. He was appointed managing director, Engineering, in 2001 and technical director of Cosworth Racing in 2003. From 2005 to 2008, as director of engine r&d at RCR/ECR, Hayes led the effort that saw its engines become some of the most competitive and reliable in NASCAR. Since returning from the US family commitments have become his focus, but his race engine experience remains unique in many ways.