Summer Schools: McLaren vehicle design challenge (age 16–18)

10.30am to 4.30pm, Friday 23 August

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 16–18

  • Speakers

    • Mark Salmon


Standard £50

Ri Young Members £42.50

Event description

Step into the world of Formula 1 automotive design with this hands-on workshop with Mark Salmon from McLaren.

Students will be put into teams and compete to develop the fastest car to race around a virtual racetrack. Students will use data from test runs, and finite resources to develop and iterate their design throughout the day, solving a number of technical challenges along the way.

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the fast-paced world of vehicle development.

About the speaker

Mark Salmon is Senior Engineer at McLaren Automotive Ltd, working within the Advanced Engineering Team. The remit of the team is to develop novel and exciting new technologies in a wide range of areas, often in collaboration with academic institutions and consortiums, to support and drive McLaren Automotive products of the future.

Mark's primary focus is in simulation, both developing the toolset and conducting simulation studies. Within that, he is responsible for McLaren Automotive's use of DiL simulators. In addition, He works on controls, dynamics and powertrain systems research.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16–18 year-olds and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils and a USB drive if they wish to take their work home.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

This workshop is based on an Ri Engineering Science Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.


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