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Deciding on a career path can seem like a tremendous task to begin with. After studying multiple subjects for years, you finally have an idea about what you enjoy learning and potentially a career to pursue. The next step is to look for a degree in the industry you want to head into.
In this blog, we will delve into the fast-paced Motorsport and Automotive Performance Engineering sector. Of course, there are exciting and thrilling roles to be had in the pits of a racetrack, but there are many other roles behind-the-scenes that are vital to producing a vehicle; whether for road or track purposes.
The process of creating a vehicle is both lengthy and generally involves hundreds of people, but for many one of the most exciting roles lies at the very beginning of it all. An automotive designer starts the car design process by consultation with key stakeholders, discovering what is needed, desired, and required from the vehicle.
After the initial briefings, the next step is research. Here it will be determined the practicality of the production and design ideas that have come to light. From there, the process is focused until an efficient, high-performing, and sustainable product has been created using CAD software. On approval of the designs, the next stage is the manufacturing process.
This role of automotive designer can be working across both road and race projects, so if motorsport is your passion this could be a great career option.
One of the most famed automotive designers of recent years is Henrik Fisker. Famous for his incredible work with prestige automotive brands such as Aston Martin and BMW, but also his own brand of vehicles the Fisker Orbit, a smart shuttle designed for future fully autonomous cities.
If you’ve been inspired to start your journey in this multi-faceted industry, be sure to check out the fantastic degree options at the University of Bolton, home to the UK’s only purpose-built National Centre of Motorsport Engineering. For more information, click here.