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News & Press: Sep 2019

RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium - Grow your network and knowledge

19 September 2019  
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The World Motorsport Symposium, first established in 2005, is a unique event and has become the annual international motorsport cabinet meeting that leads the conversation in motorsport and automotive technology. Chaired by Ulrich Baretzky, Engine Development Director of Audi Sport and John Iley, Founder and Director of Iley Design, the most senior international motorsport and automotive engineering decision makers get together with vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, motorsport teams, governing bodies, race organisers and engineering students for two days to discuss how emerging technologies will shape the future of the sport as well as impact other sectors across the globe.

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Announcing WMS keynote speaker

Formula E Champion, Roborace CEO & Environmental advisor to the UN

Delighted to announce Lucas Di Grassi as the keynote speaker of the World Motorsport Symposium this year. As a former F1 driver, current Formula E champion, Environmental Ambassador for the UN and special Advisor on the Formula E series not to mention CEO of the autonomous race series Roborace, Lucas's attendance will be invaluable. Join him and others including WMS Chairman and Director of Audi Motorsport Engine Development, Ulrich Baretzky, the FIA''s Head of Performance & Similation, Nicolas Aurbourg and Sauber's Willem Toet on the 3/4 December at the Institution of Engineering & Technology in London.

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NICOLAS AUBOURG | Head of Performance & Simulation | FIA

PRESENTATION: Technical Approach to BoP (Balance of Performance) in GT championships

Born in Paris, Nicolas Aubourg is a mechanical engineer who graduated from Ecole des Mines in France and from Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He started as Simulation engineer at Peugeot Sport on the WRC programme in 2003 before becoming the Head of Simulation when Peugeot Sport switched to the Le Mans program in charge of all of the modelling, optimsation, driver-in-the-loop and simulation matters. Since 2012 Nicolas has been the Head of Performance at the FIA where he's the point of reference on performance in all FIA categories from F1 to Cross Country. Along with his team he simulates, models and optimises different FIA race cars to support the evolution of the technical rules. Nicolas provides support to elaborate the future FIA regulations, especially the ones which incorporate specific architectures and designs eg, Formula E, EV etc. He is also responsible for all Balance of Power matters in all FIA concerned categories.

ULRICH BARETZKY | Director Audi Motosport  Engine Development Audi Sport 

PRESENTATION:  The DTM is entering a new era in 2019. What does the new concept of the popular touring car series with turbo instead of naturally aspirated engines promise?

Ulrich Baretzky studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Munich before starting his career as a Design Engineer within BMW Motorsport involved with different projects like F2, F1 and High Performance engines M3 and M5. In 1986 he moved to Audi as Head of Race Engine Design where he led projects in Trans-Am, IMSA, GTO, DTM and ITC. In 1993 he was promoted to the Head of Race & Special Engine Development at Audi Sport. Here he has had 14 Supertouring championships, 13 victories in the 24h Le Mans, a 2003 victory with Bentley Le Mans, 2 WEC World Championships in 2012 and 2013 and 9 DTM championships. His other projects have included ALMS, LMES, ILMC, WEC, Audi R 8 LMS GT-and STCC. Ulrich was also a member of the Supervisory Board of MAN Diesel and Turbo SE from 2013 to 2017.

After graduating and working in motorsport for some years, Willem moved to Europe for work where he developed a special interest in aerodynamics. In 1985 he joined Benetton CFD resource helping them win their first F1 Driver's Championship. In 1995 Willem joined Ferrari as Head of Aerodynamics four years before moving on as Senior Aerodynamicist for BAR/Honda. In 2006 he joined the  BMW Sauber F1 Team as Head of Aerodynamics for four years and in 2010 became Managing Director of the RML group. In 2011 Willem joined Sauber as Head of Aerodynamics and at the start of this year became Aerodynamics Specialist & Senior Sales Manager for Sauber Aerodynamik AG where he connects companies needing aerodynamic research or wind tunnel time with Sauber’s capabilities and is alsoa visiting Professor at the University of Bolton. Willem particularly enjoys giving insights into how things work from engineering, business and human perspectives – delighting in finding simple ways to explain complex systems.  He believes that mistakes made in life help you to understand and grow – and shares these life lessons.

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