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Trackside Engine Development Engineer


Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

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Date Posted:

14th May 2024





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Prodrive is one of the world’s leading independent motorsport companies.  We are the business behind some of the greatest names and achievements in motorsport over the last 40 years. Success on the world-rally stage is at the heart of our DNA. We currently lead the World Rally Raid championship; we already have six world rally championships under our belt and a significant new off-road programme now presents is with an opportunity for even more success.

We are seeking a Trackside Engine Development Engineer to be part of the Prodrive engine development team to assist in the development and calibration of race and niche road engines and engine components including engine auxiliary systems, chain drive systems, valve train components, oil systems, induction & turbo systems, exhaust systems and engine calibration on multiple platforms in line with engine performance and durability targets set by the Chief Engineer and relevant regulations.

This role will involve supporting various Prodrive products, including GT and Rally Raid. The role involves assisting with engine and car calibration for niche road car applications, as well as aiding in race engine pool management and trackside engine and team operations, including engine and chassis calibration.

Key responsibilities: 

  • To undertake development projects to achieve project engineering objectives including performance, durability goals within tight time and cost boundaries.
  • To devise, organise and carry out development tests including but not limited to:
    • Engine dyno tests for performance development, durability testing, calibration, production engine signoff.
    • Torsional vibration studies using high speed loggers and analysis software
    • General development of engine systems such as oil systems, cooling systems, exhaust and inlet systems. Turbo systems.
    • Valve train dynamic studies using rig testing / high speed loggers
    • Organise other development tests including airflow rigs etc.
  • To set specification and in some cases design of development test parts
  • Liaise with suppliers and technical partners on various engineering activities
  • To provide track side engine support for Prodrive race and rally cars with the factory team and or customer teams and support engine pool planning and ensure engines are operated within strict guidelines.
  • Analysis of test data and preparation of formal reports

Who we are looking for

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent in engineering or related discipline.
  • Proven experience of race engine calibration on test cells and in car.
  • Experience of base engine development within a respected high-end organisation. 
  • Ability to inspire and manage technical staff to achieve engine group goals
  • A broad understanding of internal combustion race engine fundamentals
  • A good understanding of engine calibration on the dyno cell and in car
  • Knowledge and experience of analysis and simulation tools
  • Experience of race vehicle platforms including Bosch and Cosworth PI/Pectel systems. Or alternatively, niche road car electronics systems.
  • Experience of running / calibrating an engine on the Dyno
  • Good understanding of electronics, competent user of test equipment
  • Knowledge of a professional CAD system – Ideally NX – Not essential
  • Be willing to travel

What can we offer you?

  • An attractive salary which will grow in line with your ongoing development and impact
  • 25 days holiday (which increases with long service) with an opportunity to purchase up to 15 extra days
  • Training opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Onsite subsidised staff restaurant
  • Car and pension salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cyclescheme
  • Exercise classes
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Consultations with our Fit 4 Life expert
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Exclusive company discounts
  • Life assurance
  • We are an equal opportunities employer

At Prodrive we are committed to attracting and nurturing the best talent and creating an inclusive workplace. We value individual differences and diversity amongst all staff so that everyone has the widest opportunities to maximise their potential. We aim to ensure that no job applicant is placed at a disadvantage by practices or requirements which disproportionately impact protected groups and which are not justified by the demands of the job. If you feel you are right for this role, we welcome your application.

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