Renault Sport Formula One visit Oxford to recruit ‘most talented young engineers’

A Renault Sport team including Oxford alumni Luke Bolton visited the Department recently to give a talk to students about the types of career on offer within the local race team at Enstone, Oxfordshire.
Renault Sport Formula One visit Oxford to recruit ‘most talented young engineers’

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A Renault Sport team including Oxford alumni Luke Bolton visited the Department recently to give a talk to students about the types of career on offer within the local race team at Enstone, Oxfordshire. Luke gained a 1st in Engineering Science at Oxford in 2001 and has since worked for McLaren Racing and Ferrari, now holding the position of Head of Mathematical Modelling for the Renault F1 team.

The team’s ambitious 5 year plan to become world champions is reliant on world class engineering experts such as Luke doing cutting edge R&D – each year the race car, comprising up to 30,000 parts, is redesigned completely from scratch to get the best possible performance. Ideas for improvements go through a detailed process from initial computer aided design through computational fluid dynamics, wind tunnel model design and prototyping, before being tested in the one-site wind tunnel. The improvements may go through the process several times with minor adjustments before making it to the design stage and finally, on to the racing car itself.

Renault Sport Formula One visit Oxford to recruit ‘most talented young engineers’Aerodynamicist Richard Stephens described how the company recruits the top candidates from leading universities each year for their internships and graduate positions, to work in engineering roles including aerodynamics, mathematical modelling, composites and mechanical design. Around 30 students, from 1st year undergraduates to DPhil students, attended the event, many staying to speak to the Renault team afterwards.

Members of Oxford University Racing were also among the audience – a group set up by a team of Engineering Science race enthusiasts to form the university’s first ever entry into Formula Student – Europe’s most prestigious educational motorsport competition. This sort of extra-curricula experience whilst at university can give candidates an extra edge when applying for internships and engineering roles after graduation.

The group is advised by Dr Neil Ashton, a computational fluid dynamics senior researcher at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute, who previously worked in Formula 1 with the Renault team (then the Lotus F1 Team). He says, “These industry events are fantastic for both parties. It’s great for the students to meet engineers working on exciting real-life projects in industry, and by coming to Oxford the Renault F1 team can attract some of the best engineering students in the country”.

Renault Sport Formula One visit Oxford to recruit ‘most talented young engineers’ To find out more about Renault F1 careers and internships visit www.renaultsport.com/-Emplois.html

To find out more about Oxford University racing visit www.oxforduniracing.com

Students interested in motorsport engineering can also apply for the INFINITI Engineering Academy, a competition to win a work placement across automotive and Formula One™ engineering https://academy.infiniti.com/