Jaguar Racing today announces a major step forward in its on-going quest for aerodynamic advancement. Ben Agathangelou will join the team as Head of Aerodynamics from 1st May 2002. Ben joins Jaguar Racing from Renault F1, where his most recent...
Jaguar Racing today announces a major step forward in its on-going quest for aerodynamic advancement. Ben Agathangelou will join the team as Head of Aerodynamics from 1st May 2002. Ben joins Jaguar Racing from Renault F1, where his most recent role was Head of Aerodynamics.
Ben's immediate challenge will be to oversee the aerodynamic improvement of this season's Jaguar R3 and to help him do so, the team's new state-of-art windtunnel will be operational from next week. The windtunnel is located in Bicester which is less than 30 miles from Jaguar Racing's HQ in Milton Keynes. After having spent over two years in Formula One without it's own windtunnel, Jaguar Racing's aerodynamic progress is now expected to take an accelerated path towards top-level competitiveness.
Announcing the news Jaguar Racing's MD and technical director Guenther Steiner said: "Ben will bring a new and experienced technical dimension to this team. We have never really lacked in any other aspect of our racing package apart from aerodynamic efficiency and combined with our new wind tunnel, we can now set clearly defined goals which will allow us to compete on an even playing field with our competitors in Formula One."
"There isn't a big disparity between the teams these days when it comes to engines, tyres and other major components, as was the case a few years ago. To extract any true performance improvement these days takes experienced aerodynamicists who have the resource in windtunnel terms and at last, we have that resource on our doorstep. Our efforts at recruiting the best personnel do not stop here and we look forward to announcing some more additions to our team in the very near future," Steiner added.
Ben will oversee the core aerodynamic programme at Jaguar Racing led by chief aerodynamicist Mark Handford and chief designer John Russell. Prior to joining Renault (formally Benetton) in late 1999, Ben was chief aerodynamicist on the Honda Racing development programme between April 1998 and August 1999. He also served time at Tyrrell and at McLaren.
Jaguar Racing's new wind tunnel starts contributing to the development of the R3 from next Tuesday. The project was undertaken by Reynard Engineering in May 2002 and has taken just eleven months to pass from an empty building to the first production tests. It will be manned by a permanent Jaguar Racing staff of ten people and will act as a satellite testing facility to the core aerodynamics department at the Milton Keynes HQ.
"We will initially be using the windtunnel for 16 hours a day, six days a week, moving to a 24 hour a day operation in the very near future," said Steiner.