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The radical steering innovation being refined in motorsport

Steer-by-wire technology from Schaeffler-Paravan has removed the need for a steering column, and logged over a billion miles of accident-free road use. The innovation is now being fine-tuned in competition in the DTM, where all involved are confident that the technology has the potential to change car design forever

Explaining the sustainable answer to using composite parts

Natural fibres are increasingly being used as a sustainable alternative to carbonfibre composites. Bcomp’s Manager of Motorsports and Supercars explains the eco-friendly revolution

The steps needed to keep drivers as the most important agents

Software, sensors and data’s increased influence have reduced the driver’s impact on performance, but Autosport Engineering's columnist and Venturi Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi says this can be improved

How Audi took the Dakar by storm with its hybrid game-changer

Four stage wins and all three cars reaching the finish was no small achievement for Audi on its first attempt at motorsport’s toughest event with a brand-new car. The key men behind the RS Q e-tron project explain why it was such a momentous feat

The "painful" journey behind the WRC's generational tech innovation

As the company selected to provide the hybrid kits for the 2022 World Rally Championship, the pressure was on Compact Dynamics at the Monte Carlo season opener. Needing to treat all three manufacturers equally, it wasn't a straightforward process, but its first big test was a resounding success that bodes well for the future

How to be an ace engineer: Simulation guru Kia Cammaerts

Having experienced the bleak reality of working with underfunded Formula 1 teams, Kia Cammaerts turned an engineering passion project into a full-time career and today services some of the world's biggest manufacturers with industry-leading simulation hardware. He explains how he did it and shares advice for aspiring engineers

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Plus

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit

How to be an ace engineer: Single-seater guru James Goodfield

Moving abroad to work in the DTM set James Goodfield on a path that has traversed several disciplines, learning key lessons along the way that he now imparts to students

The part rolling relics can play in motorsport's high-tech future Plus

The part rolling relics can play in motorsport's high-tech future

OPINION: Last weekend's Silverstone Classic was another reminder of the joys of dusting off racers from days gone by. But while it might not be obvious, the historic racing world has the potential to play its part in our futures – on and off track

Why the time is right for an electric junior series

OPINION: Formula E’s ambitious plans to create a ladder of electric support series faces challenges, but the Audi FE stalwart believes these can be overcome as long as cost is at the forefront of the conversation

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed Plus

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed

With attention to detail the first concern, Prodrive’s new Legends department has completed its first restoration project on Petter Solberg's 2004 Rally Japan winner – and is busily gearing up for more

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport Plus

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport

The new off-road SUV series aims to go boldly into the unknown on several fronts, but perhaps its most significant measure will involve the energy source powering its fleet of cars

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault Plus

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault

After taking over Corvette Racing from long-time custodian Doug Fehan, 34-year-old Laura Wontrop Klauser is leading General Motors through a transitional phase in sportscar racing. Here’s how she got into her dream role and what she plans to do with it

Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool Plus

Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool

Although brake pressure and temperature logging is commonplace, measuring and understanding braking performance hasn't been so straightforward. But that's about to change following the introduction of a groundbreaking new sensor

The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise Plus

The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise

The Renault F1 team is at the vanguard of innovative solutions pushing development of the V6 turbo hybrid engine rules, embracing the full potential of material science in its bid to get back to the top

How Formula E's top team is benefitting from Penske know-how Plus

How Formula E's top team is benefitting from Penske know-how

From race-engineering winning cars in IndyCar and sportscars for Penske to masterminding Dragon's superb start to life in Formula E, Nigel Beresford's 35 years of motorsport expertise have played a key role in DS Techeetah's continued success

The futuristic tool making life easier for race teams Plus

The futuristic tool making life easier for race teams

Systems engineering is an unseen and little-understood element of car performance, but Bosch Motorsport's RaceConnect is the latest example of what can be achieved

Why Formula E's 'weird' experiment has wider relevance to motorsport Plus

Why Formula E's 'weird' experiment has wider relevance to motorsport

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented opportunities to innovate in ways that would have previously been unthinkable. Formula E's Berlin mini-series is a case in point, and provided important lessons for motorsport to learn from

The Le Mans winner's project celebrating a major milestone Plus

The Le Mans winner's project celebrating a major milestone

Deciding what to do after racing is a challenge for many racers, but a British Le Mans ace chose to get ahead of the game while his career was going strong. Now Base Performance Simulators is celebrating a decade in business, Darren Turner tells its story

The engineer who took Reynard to another level Plus

The engineer who took Reynard to another level

Senior technical transfers between customer racing car manufacturers were rare at the height of their 1990s pomp. But Bruce Ashmore's move from Lola to Reynard bucked the trend and set in motion a shift in the balance of power in US open-wheel racing

Why simulation is an ever-evolving battleground Plus

Why simulation is an ever-evolving battleground

The development of simulation to become an all-encompassing development tool has been gradual - but Ansible Motion has been ahead of the curve from the start. Autosport headed to Hethel to find out just what that means

Engineer's View: The role of simulation in anticipating rule changes Plus

Engineer's View: The role of simulation in anticipating rule changes

When new regulations are written, the race to understand how each change will impact every other element of car design begins. To shortcut this learning curve, engineers have an array of simulation tools at their disposal, but the raw data alone doesn't provide the answers

Five things that I would like Formula E's Gen3 car to have Plus

Five things that I would like Formula E's Gen3 car to have

Formula E plans to go bold with its next generation racer, but in his regular Autosport Engineering column, its 2016-17 champion argues that it could be bolder still

How UK-based teams are looking to survive the "disaster" nobody saw coming Plus

How UK-based teams are looking to survive the "disaster" nobody saw coming

In unprecedented times for motorsport caused by the coronavirus pandemic, UK-based teams are facing their biggest challenge yet - one of survival

The 'world cup' car that outlasted its series Plus

The 'world cup' car that outlasted its series

B05/52 was an uninspiring name for an all-action racer that would become a staple of single-seaters in the 2000s. We remember the Lola that formed the basis of no less than three different series in its lifespan

The engineers pushing to make motorsport safer Plus

The engineers pushing to make motorsport safer

The diverse group of engineers that make up the FIA Research Working Group are united by one key goal - the desire to see motorsport safety improve

Engineer's View: What I want to see from the Class One regs Plus

Engineer's View: What I want to see from the Class One regs

Audi Sport's DTM project leader sheds light on the current status of Class One convergence talks and offers his own thoughts

Why decarbonising motorsport is so difficult to achieve Plus

Why decarbonising motorsport is so difficult to achieve

Formula 1's plans to be net carbon zero by 2030 look good on paper, but there are many questions that still need to be answered

Digging into the 'scramble for hybrid' Plus

Digging into the 'scramble for hybrid'

Against the seemingly irresistible rise of electrification in mobility, why are series organisers turning to hybrid as the answer to the big sustainability question? We ask the coordinators of three major championships to explain

How a DTM giant has become a single-seater force Plus

How a DTM giant has become a single-seater force

HWA has expanded massively over the past few seasons under the leadership of Uli Fritz. He explains how a DTM titan has become pervasive throughout motorsport

The mind behind Toyota's WRC dominator Plus

The mind behind Toyota's WRC dominator

A little white lie gave Toyota WRC technical director Tom Fowler a leg-up into rally engineering, and he's made good on that opportunity - via a stop-off in nuclear energy

The all-star engineering vision that IndyCar rejected Plus

The all-star engineering vision that IndyCar rejected

When IndyCar's ICONIC committee selected Dallara as its chassis constructor from 2012, it overlooked a project that promised to make a radical overhaul in safety and racecar manufacturing. This is BAT Engineering's 'what if' story

How a chance meeting forged a touring car behemoth Plus

How a chance meeting forged a touring car behemoth

A happy accident introduced Abt DTM engineer Albert Deuring to Target Competition - and the result has been domination in the TCR ranks

Behind the wheel of rallycross's electric future Plus

Behind the wheel of rallycross's electric future

Autosport was let loose in the all-electric STARD-built Projekt E racer in Austria and the findings were highly impressive

Why motorsport's latest innovation can emulate Formula E Plus

Why motorsport's latest innovation can emulate Formula E

Extreme E, the new electric off-road series, is heading into unchartered territory - literally. But our columnist argues that it can take inspiration from Formula E's success and even match it for impact

The enduring legacy of a motorsport engineering giant Plus

The enduring legacy of a motorsport engineering giant

An engineering genius and skilled entrepreneur with a gift for instilling confidence in drivers, the late Robin Herd was a man of many talents. Half a century on from the birth of March, he is remembered by those who worked with him and knew him best

The engineering experts behind a BTCC Lazarus act Plus

The engineering experts behind a BTCC Lazarus act

An Italian engineering group is making waves in the BTCC with a resurrected project that many had long forgotten about

The failed gamble that began an F1 team's downfall Plus

The failed gamble that began an F1 team's downfall

Two small British teams came into 1979 hoping to build on promising grand prix debuts the year before. Where Williams went from strength to strength, Tony Southgate's Arrows A2 was wide of the mark

The rise and rise of motorsport education Plus

The rise and rise of motorsport education

Motorsport-centric education is on the rise, and students at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Cranfield are reaping the benefits from their industry links

Why the first autonomous overtake is so significant Plus

Why the first autonomous overtake is so significant

Momentum is building towards Roborace's first season of competition in 2021, and Roborace CEO Lucas di Grassi thinks there's a lot to get excited about

Promoted: How to make a transmission survive an enduro Plus

Promoted: How to make a transmission survive an enduro

Ricardo prides itself on having all the knowledge necessary to create winning transmission packages for GT customers. Take a look around and it's apparent why

When Sweden tried to create its own DTM Plus

When Sweden tried to create its own DTM

Sweden's version of 'the split' resulted in a fleeting experiment with silhouette racing aimed at becoming a 'DTM Lite' that was doomed from the start, despite good intentions

The rule that saved a series from "dull" F1 issues Plus

The rule that saved a series from "dull" F1 issues

Bickering over the merits of standard parts in the BTCC misses the point that the cream still rises to the top at season's end - and that's got a lot to do with the brains on the pitwall

The F1-level car that leaves drivers' brains spinning Plus

The F1-level car that leaves drivers' brains spinning

The new Super Formula Dallara SF19 is poles apart from the perceived wisdom about one-make racers. And that's because the Japanese series wants performance rather than cheap thrills

Why F1 should adopt open engine regulations Plus

Why F1 should adopt open engine regulations

Current hybrid units are beautiful works of engineering, but greater variation would allow technology to advance naturally

Promoted: Making power gains simple Plus

Promoted: Making power gains simple

Putting VP Racing Fuel into your car can be just as effective a means of improving performance for club racers as bolting on a new set of tyres

Promoted: The unseen world of braking Plus

Promoted: The unseen world of braking

Formula 1 exists in its own sphere, but demands on brake suppliers in other motorsport disciplines are not so different, as a tour of AP Racing shows

Why Bathurst-winning engineers are finding their way in IMSA Plus

Why Bathurst-winning engineers are finding their way in IMSA

After scaling the heights of Mount Panorama, two top Supercars engineers are taking on a fresh challenge in sportscars

Is motorsport's forgotten team model being revived? Plus

Is motorsport's forgotten team model being revived?

The success of AmD Tuning in the early stages of this year's British Touring Car Championship suggests the could be a revival for a multi-chassis approach that is lost to single-seaters and rarely used elsewhere

The Penske general throttling back Plus

The Penske general throttling back

Clive Howell is one of the major forces in establishing 'The Penske Way'. His retirement after almost four decades at the team points to a changing of the guard

How motorsport is advancing the future of manufacturing Plus

How motorsport is advancing the future of manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is on an unstoppable rise and motorsport has had a crucial role to play

How F1-inspired safety tech is filtering down to the grassroots Plus

How F1-inspired safety tech is filtering down to the grassroots

Lightweight bladder technologies developed by ATL have dominated F1 since 1988, but it's an altogether different crowd that the company wants to convert

How an aero revolution has transformed the WRC Plus

How an aero revolution has transformed the WRC

The new regulations introduced by the World Rally Championship in 2017 has changed the game for both drivers and engineers. Toyota and M-Sport's top men explain how.

F1's control gearbox search is just the start Plus

F1's control gearbox search is just the start

Autosport Engineering columnist Lucas di Grassi argues that a move to open applications for a control gearbox is a necessary first step to securing Formula 1's future

The tin-top team gunning to establish its own dynasty Plus

The tin-top team gunning to establish its own dynasty

There are names with pedigree aplenty on the World Touring Car Cup grid. You have to delve a bit deeper to locate Lynk & Co's heritage, but there's plenty of reason to get excited about the team with exciting prospects for 2019

Why bringing back the ‘toys’ could make F1 closer Plus

Why bringing back the ‘toys’ could make F1 closer

Putting control back in the hands of the drivers has often been a simplistic answer to F1's lack of close racing. But ex-Lola and McLaren engineer Mark Williams explains why a return of sophisticated gizmos could solve the issue

The Indy 500 meeting that triggered an Australian Supercars revival Plus

The Indy 500 meeting that triggered an Australian Supercars revival

Following in the footsteps of DJR Team Penske, Walkinshaw Racing is reaping rewards from its collaboration with Andretti Autosport and United Autosports

The legacy of Audi's engine architect Plus

The legacy of Audi's engine architect

Twenty years on from the Audi sportscar programme's debut at Sebring, meet Ulrich Baretzky - the driving force behind the four rings' success, who ironically never wanted to be an engineer

Why aero isn't F1's sole problem Plus

Why aero isn't F1's sole problem

In his latest column for Autosport Engineering, Formula E ace Lucas di Grassi argues the inflexibility of modern circuit design is just as much to blame for Formula 1's current reliance on gimmicks as aerodynamics

The last budget Formula 1 car Plus

The last budget Formula 1 car

The HRT squad endured a hard and brief Formula 1 lifespan. But the team still managed to compete at the top level of single seaters despite its limited budget and restricted resources, etching itself into a part of the motorsport legend