Performance Engineering in F1

Extract the best out of a race car

Course Description

In the fast-paced world of motorsport and Formula 1, Performance Engineering is crucial for maximizing a race car’s lap time and reliability. To excel in this role, a Performance Engineer must have a comprehensive understanding of all car components. They need to collaborate effectively with various team members, including power unit engineers, designers, and aerodynamicists.

The course offers an in-depth exploration of the core responsibilities of a Performance Engineer in a Formula 1 team. The course also includes several industry-relevant case studies where students can apply theoretical knowledge. Finally, students tackle a comprehensive final assignment involving data analysis, assessing metrics, calculating parameters, and proposing improvements and setup modifications.

About this course
  • 58 Lessons
  • Approximate time to complete course: 13 hours

Performance Engineering in F1

Self-Paced Course
  • Lifetime Access to course materials
  • Ask questions and get feedback from the instructor
  • Earn an industry-recognised course certificate
  • Learn at your own pace & watch lessons in any order
  • Quizzes and assignments included

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the key systems in a race car that are crucial for Performance Engineering, including the different sensors and how they impact the vehicle’s data output
  • Plan and evaluate activities before, during, and after racing events to improve car performance and reliability through setup adjustments and studies
  • Develop skills to analyze data and make well-informed decisions that are critical to enhancing performance
  • Apply techniques and methods learned in the course to fine-tune the car’s balance for optimal performance

Course Modules

  • Objectives and tasks of a Performance Engineer
  • Sensors, vehicle model and data reconstruction
  • Assessment of simulations and metrics to define and optimise car setup
  • Electronic maps: a fine adjustment tool
  • Performance Engineering data analysis, metric calculation, driver performance and identification of limitations
  • Case study 1: Balance limitation mid-corner understeer
  • Case study 2: Bottoming limitation
  • Case study 3: Wind balance limitation
  • Case study 4: Rear wing test
  • Case study 5: Front suspension test
  • Reliability – Identification of issues
  • Importance of balance aerodynamics and ride
  • Case study 6: through corner balance adjustment with ARB geometry
  • Assignment: Data analysis, calculations and setup proposal and improvement

The course also includes quizzes and a practical final assignment that models working as a performance engineer in F1.

This course is for you if...

You are a student or professional with an interest in Performance Engineering

You want to learn about the  Performance Engineering techniques, methods and tasks in F1

You’re ready to boost your CV and start a career in Performance Engineering

Course Reviews

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Amazing Course!
Shirshak Pattnaik
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Lots of information, the course provides complete insights of Performance Engineering in Formula 1.
Great Course
Jozef Ostrowski
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Thank you to Marc Olle Bernades and the Motorsport Engineer network for putting together the Performance Engineering course. Recently, I have had the time to work through and ultimately complete the course. I had a lot of fun doing it and learned a lot too.
Nice Course
Thodoris Zacharelis
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I took the Performance Engineering in F1 course. It is a nice course covering a wide range of things. The topics discussed are mainly basics, but listening to them from an experienced engineer - with examples in some cases - helps. The assignment part was really interesting and the one that I loved the most! Moreover, Marc answers every question immediately and the option to watch the modules and do the assignment at your own pace is something I really liked about this course.
More than a Course
Ottavio Ionna
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Not a course, much more!! It has been an amazing experience.
Very Well-Structured Course
Vasileios Georgoulopoulos
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A very well-structured course regarding performance engineering in the world of F1. Sensors and Vehicle model, pre-event setup and simulation, race weekend analysis, post-event analysis, performance analysis, balance and setup evaluation. Thanks to Marc Olle Bernades for the great presentation and Motorsport Engineer for the course.
Exceptional Performance Engineering Course!
Janne Määttä-Kemppaine
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Marc is providing outstanding insights into performance engineering from the basic theories to the highly valuable practices used in Formula 1. High recommendation of the course for anyone interested in performance optimization and/or Formula 1 in general.
Very Nice
Bertrand Vanysacker
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Very nice and interesting. Thank you very much for your willingness to share your knowledge!
Best Course Ever
Rene Alcazar Gonzalez
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Awesome, very complete!

Meet your course instructor

Marc Ollé Bernades
F1 Performance Engineer

Marc’s career as a Performance Engineer with Williams Racing Team has been marked by his expertise in developing and optimizing car balance for maximum performance. His role has been a blend of factory support and hands-on involvement at trackside events.

He began his academic journey with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Marc further enhanced his qualifications with a Master of Science in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, followed by a Master of Science in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brookes University.

Marc embarked on his professional path in 2011 in the automotive sector, contributing to companies like Volvo, IDIADA, and McLaren Automotive. His transition to Motorsport brought him a wealth of experience. He has served as a Race and Vehicle Dynamics Engineer for a GT4 team, a Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation Engineer with Mahindra Racing in Formula E, and as a Performance Engineer for Williams Racing, showcasing his versatile engineering skills across various facets of the industry.

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Performance Engineering in F1
Self-Paced Course


Access Duration: Lifetime     ⓘ

Duration for which video lessons, downloadables, quizzes and assignments will be made available from the time of enrolment.

Mode of Delivery: Online     ⓘ

Lessons are managed by experienced course leaders leveraging online means.

E-mail support     ⓘ

We provide support throughout the duration of the course.

Certification     ⓘ

A certificate will be awarded upon course completion so you can share your achievement with your network.

Interact with instructor     ⓘ

Network with motorsport engineering professionals and receive the advice you are looking for.

Assignments and quizzes     ⓘ

Impress your course leaders by excelling at the challenges they present to you.

Watch lessons in any order     ⓘ

Start from the beginning or the end - you choose!

Assignment feedback     ⓘ

Receive feedback from our course leaders so you can understand areas of improvement.

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