Performance and Simulation Engineer 

Job Title: Performance and Simulation Engineer              Start Date: Immediately vacant.

Salary: Competitive based on experience                        Location: Silverstone

Hours: Full time                                                             Reports to: Project Technical Lead

Role Type: Permanent


The Revival of a Legend:

Lola Cars, one of the world’s iconic motorsport brands, and the most successful manufacturer of customer racing cars of all time. Since 1958, we have been building cars destined to win on the track. Lola Cars has cultivated a brand synonymous with engineering excellence, iconic design, and racing success. Under new ownership, Lola is committed to pushing innovation in engineering and as part of this commitment, Lola intends to release the IP back into the ecosystems and develop products that have far reaching impacts beyond motorsports.

The Opportunity:

A fabulous opportunity for an experienced, Performance and Simulation Engineer to join the small yet growing, dedicated and talented team at Lola as we embark on the next phase of the adventure. The role of the Performance and Simulation Engineer will work closely with the Race Engineer and Driver to optimise performance across events. A key contributor to the overall innovation, development, and implementation process for car and driver performance.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Optimises car and driver performance through thorough and targeted analysis pre-, during- and post-session and event.
  • Develops and implement new methodologies for performance analysis.
  • Delivers innovative concepts for both on- and off- the car to differentiate performance from competitors.
  • Provides support to Race Engineer during event preparation and post-event analysis.
  • Provides support for DIL activities during event preparation, post-event correlation, system development, and driver training.
  • Creates in-house tools for race management, energy management, and strategy.
  • Works closely with trackside engineering & simulator groups to deliver accurate simulation results, for both pre & in-event.
  • Creates and maintains vehicle models using various software applications to enhance vehicle performance.
  • Continuously explores and implements new simulation methods to ensure state-of-the-art models and algorithms.
  • Takes pro-active leadership in model correlation activities to enhance simulation accuracy.
  • Utilises machine learning techniques to build performance analysis tools and predictive models for vehicle systems.
  • Collaborates across different groups to progress toward performance targets.
  • Attends track events, as necessary.
  • Attends regular Performance Review and Project Review meetings to track progress and ensure alignment across technical areas.
  • Contributes to the Project Faults reporting and rectification process.
  • Contributes to Project Technical Operating documentation.

Technical Skills required:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a trackside role within top-tier motorsport such as F1, FE, or LMP, showcasing a proven track record in performance engineering.
  • Well-versed in utilising simulation and Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) simulator applications for vehicle development within motorsports.
  • Demonstrates profound understanding of vehicle dynamics, tyres, and aerodynamics. Experience with performance control systems an advantage.
  • Experience in creating advanced vehicle and systems models for simulation purposes, including tyre modelling.
  • Experience with TAG Ecosystem: ATLAS, System Monitor. vTAG exposure, an advantage.
  • Vehicle simulation experience using Canopy, AVL VSM & Simulink an advantage.
  • Proficient with programming and analysis languages e.g. Matlab, Python, etc. Experience in machine learning, an advantage.

Skills required:

  • Self-motivated to develop, drive and deliver the Performance and Simulation Engineer remit.
  • A proactive evidence-based approach to problem-solving approach, coupled with a "can do" attitude and a high degree of initiative.
  • Applies rigorous problem-solving with creative thinking and a commitment to accuracy and pride in work.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Strong communication skills, capable of efficiently presenting and explaining complex engineering topics, with a keen interest in motorsports.
  • Confidence and knowledge to raise issues and develop solutions.
  • Comfortable operating in a fluid, changing environment.
  • Works systematically with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Methodical and measured in approach.
  • Builds rapport with team members.
  • Possesses a composed demeanour and the ability to make structured decisions with sound reasoning.
  • Leads by example and possesses the ability to inspire and motivate both their team and peers.
  • Demonstrates strong organisational and time management abilities.

Qualifications & Experience required:

  • Degree Level or commensurate work experience
  • Mechanical, Automotive, or Aeronautical engineering degree desirable but not essential
  • Physics and Maths qualifications are desirable.
  • Project Management experience desirable but not essential
  • An interest in and understanding of engineering/motorsport.

The Successful Candidate might be:

  • An existing Performance and Simulation Engineer in a motorsport/ automotive company
  • A Performance and Simulation Engineer who has acquired the appropriate experience, skills & knowledge.
  • An experienced engineer with the relevant skills and knowledge

Role Location & Hours:

  • The role will be based at the Silverstone, Lola Facility with the requirement to travel as required. The successful applicant for the role will need to be adaptable and flexible to working hours including both evenings and weekends; taking into account the requirement to attend events. A normal working week is 40 hrs, 8 hrs a day.

Interested in the role?

  • Please send your CV accompanied by a short email explaining:
    • why you are suitable for the role,
    • salary expectations
    • availability to start.

Closing Date: 31st March 2024 - We look forward to hearing from you.