27 July 2018: MGI Consultancy has played a significant role in contemporising the Formula 1 two-seater car, which is back in action at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.
CEO Mike Gascoyne is overseeing the running of the car from the Hungaroring pitlane, working with aviation entrepreneur and former Minardi Team Principal, Paul Stoddart, as part of the affectionately known “11th team” in the paddock.
The car, whose origins are found in the 1998 Tyrrell 026, itself designed under Mike’s technical directorship, has undergone a substantial upgrade with MGI Consultancy designing and manufacturing an entirely new bodywork package in line with the 2018 F1 technical regulations.
The result is the most modern and highest performing two-seater car, which offers passengers the closest experience to modern day Formula 1 possible.
“Liberty Media approached Paul at the Australian GP in 2017 about running a two-seater programme under the new F1 Experiences banner,” explains Mike. “Paul did that with his Minardi two-seaters, which themselves were based on the 1998 Tyrrell that I designed. I came on board in mid-2017 to help run that programme from a technical point of view.
“For 2018, Paul commissioned the team at MGI Consultancy to design and develop a brand new bodywork package for the car to bring it fully up-to-date with the latest regulations.”
The MGI team of engineers got to work in late 2017 on the project, with a focus on designing a new, wider front wing, rear wing, roll hoop and bargeboards. The new bodywork gave the two-seater a striking new look, with heads turning on its first appearance of the 2018 season at Barcelona in May.
In addition to the aero elements, MGI Consultancy also improved the passenger fit in the car and installed cameras. The result is an enhanced experience, greater comfort and improved visibility, with zero compromise on safety.
“It’s all been about enhancing the experience for the people in the car - driver and passenger,” adds Mike. “We have seen Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Paul di Resta take guests around in Barcelona and Silverstone, and they have all seemed impressed with the car. Introduction of an upgrated, technologically advanced two-seater has become an important part of the F1 Experience programme. I am thrilled that MGI Consultancy is able to be part of it.”
MGI Consultancy has strengthened its industry links with two key memberships announced in May:
Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and ADS Group.
As the leading trade association for motorsport and high performance engineering, the MIA membership is a logical step for MGI Consultancy, whose workforce have an impressive pedigree at the pinnacle of motorsport.
It is precisely this experience that allows MGI Consultancy to deliver cutting edge programmes for the wider automotive, aerospace and marine industries, while retaining its presence in international motorsport.
To this end, the company’s membership of ADS Group, the UK’s leading organisation for companies in aerospace, defence and security, is an ideal opportunity for MGI Consultancy to reinforce its aspirations and credentials in adjacent markets.
“MGI Consultancy is proud to be associated with two renowned organisations. Both the MIA and ADS Group boast highly regarded members in their respective sectors and it is an honour for MGI to join this esteemed group of professionals.
Motorsport will always be one of the main pillars of our company, but we are driven to apply our racing experience in mainstream markets, including automotive, aerospace and marine.
We want MGI Consultancy to become synonymous with innovation and engineering prowess, no matter what industry or technical challenge. Membership of MIA and ADS Group will help us to broaden our network and build long-lasting relationships in industries where we know we can make a real difference.”
- Advanced Composite and Mechanical Engineering Solutions
- Finite Element Analysis
- Static, Dynamic, Crash and Fatigue Analysis and Design in Composites and Metallic
- 3D Design and In-house Printing Facilities
- Innovative Engineering Consultancy
- Driver in the Loop Simulator
- Multi Post Test Rig
- Non-Destructive and Destructive Testing
- Rapid Prototyping/Manufature
- Full Car Design, Build and Run Projects in the Motorsport Sector
- Project Management of Motorsport and Marine Projects
- Comprehensive Lifing, Testing and Reliability Programs
- Marketing and Commercial Services
- Team Building and Management Training, Corporate Speaking
Specialist Lightweight Composite Design and Engineering Solutions under one roof, managed and overseen by Mike Gascoyne on a daily basis. Our experienced Senior Head of Departments deliver engineering solutions for leading companies and drive innovation in key areas including automotive, aerospace, marine and motorsport in dedicated facilities in Oxfordshire.
We believe that knowledge and experience mean something.
MGI Consultancy aims to bring innovative engineering solutions, R&D and project management services, based on F1® standards of engineering, to mainstream adjacent industries.
MGI Consultancy is all about technology transfer from F1® (extensive R&D, fast paced development, on time delivery, top level engineering staff, international expertise, supplier network) and we are actively welcoming business enquiries from other industries, whilst maintaining a strong presence in the international motorsports arena at both a management and design level.
“My reputation in F1® was built on engineering quality and on-time delivery. These are the values we bring to every project we undertake.” Mike Gascoyne, CEO of MGI Motorsport Ltd.
We focus on our British design and engineering capabilities and invest significantly in creating new lightweight solutions for the automotive, aerospace, motorsports and marine sectors and encourage green, sustainable and reusable energy technologies across all sectors we work in.
MGI is a dynamic, performance and results driven engineering consultancy with its roots and DNA forged in the high pressure environment of Formula 1® motorsport. In motorsports, based on the experience of its founder and CEO, MGI Consultancy is unique as one of the few companies outside of F1® that has successfully set up an entire F1 team from scratch. From the design and production of the complete F1® car in 2010 for Lotus Racing/Caterham. Mike also managed Caterham’s entry into the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance challenge, the set up of the Caterham GP2 team and sports car collaboration with Renault Alpine as well as the off-shore Class 40 sailing project “Caterham Challenge”.
We apply our extensive experience in Formula 1®, R&D, engineering, competitive sports and marketing rigorously to all projects we manage.Whatever your requirements, whether in motorsport or beyond, MGI Consultancy offers a reactive and performance driven solution to your needs. Our team consists of highly skilled specialists and the respected knowledge and drive of CEO Mike Gascoyne to oversee your brief through to project conclusion. Our skill sets are wide and varied, gained in the automotive, motorsport, aviation and marine industries and we can tailor a package to suit your business objectives.
Chris began his career in advanced stress engineering at General Motors, working in Australia, Sweden, Germany and Italy on international vehicle platform programs. He moved into motor sport through a 6 year stint in V8 supercars and then as an F1 stress engineer for 5 years. Further consultancy experience in the defence and aerospace industries has given Chris a broad level of knowledge ranging from advanced very low volume composites to high volume metallic structures.
Joao is a versatile, highly motivated individual who has worked in motorsports, from lower Formulas to Formula 1 and Formula E. He has a PhD in Aerodynamics from Cranfield. His main roles at MGI are aerodynamics and performance engineering, but also team management He has several years design experience. He enjoys working outside of his comfort zone and thrives when working under pressure.
Sean is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with experience in Formula One and industrial design. He started his career in Formula 1 at Tyrrell, working for Mike, moving on to work for McLaren and Toyota F1 before using his experience to work on various projects in the in the Defence Industry for the past 10 years.
Senior Design Engineer with experience in Composite Design and Systems Integration across various Motorsport series including Williams F1, Manor and Torro Rosso.
Peter started work at Rolls-Royce on the first digital engine control system for the RB211 engine, before moving on to F1 at Tyrrell, working alongside Mike Gascoyne. From there he moved to Benetton and then to 500GP motorcycle racing with Suzuki. He has designed and developed a range of motorsport engine management systems for both Pectel and Life Racing. Recently Peter has been working on the design of custom industrial router equipment, combined with his motorsports work at MGI.
Gary Spencer: Senior Design Engineer Gary is an experienced engineer with over 25 years’ experience within design and manufacture. His career history covers many fields including over 14 years in Formula 1 and extensive press tooling and general engineering experience He worked previously with Mike at the Renault F1 Team.
Matt Watson: Design Engineer Matt has many years of extensive general engineering design experience including working on aerospace projects and aircraft interiors.
Matthew Gibbons: Graduate Design Engineer Matthew has recently joined the team after completing his degree in Engineering at Bristol University
William Soukal-Walsh: William graduated with a Distinction in MSc Motorsport Engineering from the University of Derby where he also played a role setting up and leading their Formula Student Team.
Silvi Schaumloeffel: Silvi has a background in Sports Marketing and PR, having worked for several years in F1 in Germany and the UK, including setting up the Lotus Racing F1 Team with Mike.
MGI’s founder, Mike Gascoyne, is one of the most renowned technicians in Formula One and has carved out an illustrious career at the pinnacle of international Motorsport for over two decades. Having studied for a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics at Cambridge University throughout the 1980s, Mike’s passion for Motorsport took him into the world of Formula One for the first time in 1989 when he joined the McLaren team. Since 1989 Mike has continued working at varying teams such as Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan
Additive manufacturing has become the perfect go-to technology for product designers, industrial designers and model makers of all types. With the ability to build detailed representations of individual components for fit, form and function prototypes, combined with the variety of different materials and surface finishes offered by 3D printing it was natural for MGI to invest into this technology.
Indeed in 1999 Mike Gascoyne was at the forefront in introducing 3D printing into wind tunnel model development in Formula 1 at Jordan GP which led to their first race wins and best ever season that year.
Our experienced design engineers work with the latest available 3D design software packages including Siemens NX 11 and Catia V5, plus the latest 3D printing hardware to design and print the products to your specifications in-house. We guarantee accuracy and focus on the quality of the parts produced as well as the speed in which they are delivered.
Mike Gascoyne is a sought after speaker for evening and after dinner speeches, conferences and client entertainment. He has worked with international sports teams and global sponsors from different cultural backgrounds and is appearing regularly on TV, radio and other media outlets.
Client testimonials are available.
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Formula 1 is a top level sport that relies on team building and shared success. Mike Gascoyne is able to share his experiences of building winning teams in a competitive environment and communicating how to apply those skill to different industries and cultural environments.
Having worked in competitive environments from small sports teams to global corporations Mike Gascoyne can help to advise your management team on the lessons from operating in a competitive fast changing environment and adapt management and operation styles accordingly.