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6 of the Best Jobs in Motorsport

Motorsport is moving.....

It’s been a trying time for motorsport. With all racing series’ postponed and some even cancelled for 2020, there’s never been a worst time to be looking for jobs in motorsport or the associated industries. But things are on the up. Now that racing can commence, albeit spectatorless for the time being, things are slowly starting to move in the world of motorsport recruitment. 

Here are our pick of the best 6 jobs in motorsport currently being advertised.


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing: Engineer - Engine Application - Race & Test

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing are possibly one of the biggest innovators in motorsport right now. They’re looking for an Engineer to work in the R&D team in Cologne, Germany. Working on engine development, you’ll be developing calibration processes on the dyno and test track, optimising engine control functions and developing engines to drive performance and improve fuel economy as well as keeping to emissions regulations. 

TOYOTA GAZOO offers exception benefits for employees, including subsidised insurance. restaurant, car leasing and relocation assistance. This job is open to applications from qualified engineers only.

If you have:

  • A Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline
  • Experience or qualification in Motorsport engineering
  • Experience with Direct Injection Gasoline Engines with Turbo (Base Calibration, Air Model, Torque Model and Boost Control)
  • A good knowledge of relevant measurement tools and state-of-the-art TC-DFI engine development (combustion, friction and emissions optimisation)
ricardo cars on track

RICARDO: Motorsport Transmission Technician

This is a contract role for an initial 2 month period which may suit someone who has been furloughed, pending motorsport moving again. You are allowed to work for someone else whist furloughed but check with your employer first! It may also suit those who are looking to get some valuable, hands-on motorsport experience but who have struggled to get that first job.

You’ll be assembling high value motorsport driveline systems for various clients. Motorsport experience is desirable but non essential.

You’ll need: 

  • Experience assembling complex and high precision mechanical, hydraulic and/or electrical systems
  • Experience reading engineering design and assembly drawings
  • Experience building and setting up differentials and measuring backlash 

Ricardo Plc are a global ginat in the world of strategic engineering. They have their fingers in a lot of pies – they work across passenger cars,rail, defence and motorsport to name but a few industries. You could do worse than having a contract position with Ricardo on your CV!

Formula E - Data Engineer

This has got to be one of the hottest jobs in motorsport right now. The future of motorsport lies in Formula E. Another Fixed-Term Contract, this Data Engineer position is perfect for someone looking to cross into motorsport from another industry or for a graduate looking for their second job in industry.

You’ll have experience developing big data systems and data lakes. You’ll be familiar with different programming and scripting languages and have a good familiarity of statistical modelling, data mining and machine learning. 

Formula E were voted as one of the Top 25 Companies to work for on LinkedIn. Aside from the obvious travel and prestige benefits, you’ll be working for a company committed to creating the perfect work/life balance.

Williams Racing: Senior Trackside Aerodynamicist

This is a senior role with one of the greatest names in motorsport – Williams Racing. It’s a fantastic opportunity for either a senior aero specialist to make the move trackside or for a mid-level aerodynamicist to take a step up.

You’ll attend every race weekend and testing session, supporting the aerodynamic operation of the car to help make informed set up decisions. This position will involve a lot of travel! Here’s the full description from the Job Advert on LinkedIn:

Key Operational Duties

  • Supporting race and test events including a significant amount of travel
  • Understanding and communicating development items and the expectations from track tests prior to the event
  • Analysing and presenting aerodynamic data to aid both car setup and longer-term development
  • Identifying and reporting aerodynamic weaknesses that are limiting the car performance
  • Staying abreast of current car development philosophy and inputting key track observations
  • Driving improvements in data analysis, tools and processes helping define a best practice analysis methodology
  • Assisting in the selection of appropriate instrumentation or further experimentation to characterise aerodynamic components
  • Collaborating with the Aero development groups to derive conclusions

Ideal Credentials

  • Excellent knowledge of race car aerodynamics with an understanding of wind tunnel and CFD environments
  • Strong data analysis skills and the ability to extract and present meaningful data concisely
  • Good understanding of full race car data acquisition hardware, software and their limitations
  • Knowledge of full scale simulation techniques, race car setup and the trades between aerodynamic, mechanical and tyre optimal setups
  • Knowledge of Matlab
  • Excellent team work and communication skills
  • Ability to make and communicate decisions effectively in a time-critical environment”

TMD FRICTION: Graduate Internship

We love the tagline for Germany-based TMD Friction: ‘If it moves it’s our job to stop it’. Yes, you’ve guessed it, they’re a brake specialist. They’re on the lookout for a Bachelor or Master’s student to work with them for a minimum duration of 3 months so this is the perfect internship for someone looking to complete their final year project in industry in one of the following:

  • Project Management: innovative lean project management methodologies and tools to maximize results, in a dynamic multi-project and sub-project environment. Strategies for KPI monitoring of technical projects. Supportive input to project management process as handbook
  • Performance & Product Engineering: maximise braking efficiency
  • Software Tools: challenges of inter-software data communication in a multi-software business environment for a lean project management

Although TMD Friction have products for passenger cars, rail and commercial, this is a motorsport specific internship.

BG Developments: Motorsport Apprentice

If you’re looking for entry-level jobs in motorsport, this should tick all the boxes. This is a fantastic opportunity for a young motorsport enthusiast to hit the ground running with a well known stopping-specialist, BG Developments. Based in Bromsgrove, Worcester, BG Developments specialise in historic racing brake systems and manufacture calipers, discs, pads and piston cylinder assemblies.

This is from the ad:

This is a great opportunity to work in the automotive sector producing bespoke parts for Motor Sport and the Prestige car industry.

Specialising in small run productions to a high specification. You will work on a variety of machinery starting with manual machines and progressing throughout your apprenticeship to 5 axis CNC’s.

• Using manual machinery including lathes and presses

• Develop to use 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines

• Understand and read technical drawings

• Adhere to health and Safety

• Attend events where required

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