Race Engineering Career Accelerator Program

Learn the skills to work as a race engineer

Live online courses

Tuesdays & Thursdays

5:30-8pm CEST

Small, select group size

Learn the real-world skills needed to jumpstart your career in motorsport engineering!

Designed for aspiring engineers and motorsport enthusiasts, the Race Engineering Career Accelerator Program offers a comprehensive exploration of the science and technology that propels Formula 1 cars to victory.

Discover the intricacies of aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, tyre sequence selection, and data analysis techniques that shape modern F1 racing. Gain insights into how engineering decisions impact race strategies, driver performance, and the overall outcome of races.

This course is taught by Rod Nelson, who brings more than 30 years of experience in F1 and Formula E. Learn from the best and get an inside perspective from someone who knows what it takes to be successful at the highest level of motorsport.

View the webinar recording to meet Rod and find out more about the course!

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
5:30 – 8pm Central European Time (GMT+1)

Batch 1 Dates: 
April 2 – May 7 + May 28

Small, select groups
– apply for best consideration

This course includes:

  • Individualised attention and feedback in a small-group setting
  • Assignments based on real-life tasks & challenges
  • Live instruction from a former F1 race engineer
  • Industry-recognised certificate upon successful completion of the course
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Software used in this course:

This course utilises ATLAS software from McLaren Applied, used by F1 and top motorsport teams worldwide!

ATLAS (Advanced Telemetry Linked Acquisition System) captures, distributes, visualises and processes data. 

What you'll learn:

  • Key principles and knowledge needed in Formula 1 race engineering, including aerodynamics performance and setup, mechanical performance, control systems, instrumentation and data logging


  • How to optimise race strategy using data-driven decision-making, taking vehicle performance, circuit characterisation, and driver feedback into account and through tools such as ATLAS software


  • Demonstrate problem-solving abilities in responding to changes in race conditions and develop validation programs for race car elements


  • How to communicate like a race engineer: effective problem-solving, coaching, and people skills needed in an F1 context

Course Instructor

Rod Nelson

Rod Nelson has worked in Formula 1 for 28 years, including roles as Performance Engineer, Race Engineer, and Chief Engineer. He holds a PhD from Cardiff University.

After starting his career in Formula Ford, he worked for Arrows F1 as R&D Engineer, before moving to Race Engineering positions with Simtek F1, Arrows F1, and Benetton/Renault F1 where he won two World Championships with Fernando Alonso.

In 2007, he joined Williams F1 as Chief Operations Engineer: Head of Race Engineering and Vehicle Dynamics, where he worked for three years.

He worked at Renault F1 as Senior Performance Engineer from 2010-2014, then as Chief Test and Race Support Engineer at Williams F1 from 2014-2017, and as Head of Vehicle Performance Group at NIO Formula E from 2018-2020.

Since 2021, he has worked for Applus+ IDIADA as Homologation Project Manager for the UK.

Rod has worked for:
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Race Engineering

Career Accelerator Program
  • Live Online Courses 
  • Email and live support
  • Assignments modelled from F1 challenges
  • Small groups
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Motorsport Engineer’s Career Accelerator Programs are select, small groups, so we want to make sure that those participating are truly driven! Part of the experience of a Career Accelerator Program will be in the group dynamic, and a selection process is in place to help facilitate a great experience for everyone involved.

Applying is free! Motorsport Engineer will never ask you to pay to apply for the Race Engineering Career Accelerator Program.

If you applied for a previous batch but were not selected or could not participate, we welcome you to apply again!

The cost of the program includes:

  • Lifetime access to our learning platform
  • Access to every live course meeting
  • Recordings and materials of each course meeting
  • Software licence(s) needed for the course (for the Race Engineering course, this is ATLAS from McLaren Applied)
  • Email and video call support with Motorsport Engineer staff 
  • Email and discussion board to interact with the instructor and your peers 

The course curriculum can be viewed on the course page! We also invite you to view the webinar introducing the program to hear from the instructor and get an overview of the course content.

Yes! A personalised certificate with your name and course title will be provided once you have successfully completed the course.

Once you enrol in a course, you will have lifetime digital access to the course content!

While we encourage live session attendance to get the most out of the course, we record every session so that you can watch (or re-watch) the lesson at any time!

Feel free to contact us at info@motorsportengineer.net should you require any assistance or if you have questions about your candidacy for this program.

We are happy to offer reduced student pricing on any course or course package with verification of active student status. Please send an email to info@motorsportengineer.net for more information.

If you are part of a group of people interested in enrolling in one or more courses, please contact us at info@motorsportengineer.net

Motorsport Engineer is dedicated to your success! We offer a 100% money-back guarantee for our courses as outlined in our refund policy.

We’re always happy to speak with you – please send us an email at info@motorsportengineer.net and we can set up a call.

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