Engine Development & Trackside Engineer

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Banbury / UK
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Competitive salary plus benefits
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Prodrive is one of the world's leading motorsport business. For more than 30 years, we have been running race and rallying programs for some of the biggest names in the sport, including Aston Martin, Subaru, Ford, Porsche, Honda, BMW and MINI. At the same time, we provide race and rally cars for private teams.

We are recruiting an Engine Development & Trackside Engineer to be part of the Prodrive engine development team to assist in the development and calibration of race and niche road engines and engine components. This includes engine auxiliary systems, chain drive systems, valve train components, oil systems, induction & turbo systems, exhaust systems and engine calibration on multiple platforms in line with engine performance and durability targets set by the Chief Engineer and relevant regulations.


Key responsibilities: 

  • To undertake development projects to achieve project engineering objectives including performance, and durability goals within tight time and cost boundaries.
  • To devise, organise and carry out development tests including but not limited to:

-      Engine dyno tests for performance development, durability testing, calibration, and production engine signoff.

-      Torsional vibration studies using high-speed loggers and analysis software.

-      General development of engine systems such as oil systems, cooling systems, exhaust and inlet systems. Turbo systems.

-      Valve train dynamic studies using rig testing / high-speed loggers.

-      Organise other development tests including airflow rigs etc.

  • To set specifications and in some cases design development test parts.
  • Liaise with suppliers and technical partners on various engineering activities.
  • To provide track-side engine support for Prodrive race and rally cars with the factory team and or customer teams, support engine pool planning and ensure engines are operated within strict guidelines.
  • Analysis of test data and preparation of formal reports


To be successful in this role, you should have proven experience in race engine calibration on test cells and in cars. Also, experience in base engine development within a respected high-end organisation.  You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in an engineering discipline.


You will have the following key attributes and skills:

  • Able to work as part of a team and also work independently
  • Able to remain calm and focused in high pressure situations
  • Have the determination to achieve tough goals in tight time-scales
  • Analytical approach to problem solving
  • A broad understanding of internal combustion race engine fundamentals
  • A good understanding of engine calibration on the dyno cell and in the car
  • Knowledge and experience in analysis and simulation tools
  • Experience with race vehicle platforms including Bosch and Cosworth PI/Pectel systems. Or alternatively, niche road car electronics systems.
  • Be willing to travel


What can we offer you?

  • An attractive salary which will grow in line with your ongoing development and impact
  • 25 days holiday (which increases with long service) with an opportunity to purchase up to 15 extra days
  • Training opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Onsite subsidised staff restaurant
  • Car and pension salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cyclescheme
  • Exercise classes
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Consultations with our Fit 4 Life expert
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Exclusive company discounts
  • Life assurance
  • We are an equal opportunities employer


At Prodrive we are committed to attracting and nurturing the best talent and creating an inclusive workplace. We value individual differences and diversity amongst all staff so that everyone has the widest opportunities to maximise their potential. We aim to ensure that no job applicant is placed at a disadvantage by practices or requirements which disproportionately impact protected groups and which are not justified by the demands of the job. If you feel you are right for this role, we welcome your application.

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