Motorsport Performance Solutions is owned and run by company director Ben Newman.
Ben is a degree qualified Motorsport Engineer with a 10 year involvement within the motorsport industry.

 

Initially starting out in a "hands on" technician role as an apprentice competition engine builder, progressing through to the completion of a Bachelor of Engineering degree and then to working for one of the largest Motorsport electronics companies in the world, Ben brings an invaluable mix of practical and theoretical knowledge of Motorsport Engineering to his customers.

Career

Ben started out his motorsport career at the age of 15 with renowned competition engine building specialists, Field Motorsport, as an apprentice engine builder and dyno technician. He complemented his developing practical skills by completing a specialist Motorsport Engineering Diploma course at the newly formed Thames Gateway college.

 

His academic success at college, awarded him the opportunity to study for a Bachelor of Engineering degree in  Automotive Engineering, with Motorsport, at the renowned University of Hertfordshire. 

In preparation for his degree studies, Ben sought further practical experience and secured a role with Caterham Motorsport, as the engine builder and track support technician, to their upper tier, R300 Championship. 

The University's summer breaks fell during the height of the UK race season and ever the committed worker, Ben spent his academic downtime working for his various competition engine building contacts, back in his home county of Essex. This included a period with Geoff Page Racing, where he prepared and restored prestigious Historic F1, Group B rallying and Group C Le Mans machinery.

The University course required a placement year spent working within the industry and Ben was 1 of only 5 successful engineering student applicants, from a pool of thousands, to complete the 4 stage interview process with Ford Motor Company and was subsequently offered a job as a drivability assessment engineer, for their engine calibration department. This was Ben's first significant involvement with vehicle instrumenting, data collection and analysis, which would then define his future career.

 

Ben also caught the eye of the Porsche Motorsport GB technical manager, who also offered him a role as part of the technical team, which supported the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championships. He duly took the role, using his annual leave from Ford to go away and work for Porsche.

 

Ben remained working for Porsche for 3 seasons, whilst with Ford and subsequently returning to University, and during this period the 911 Cup Car transitioned from the 997 to the 991 variant, which brought a transition from Motec to Cosworth (Pi) data logging systems. Working closely with Cosworth, in this role with Porsche, led to him being offered a full time position with the company once he completed his degree qualification.

Ben achieved a first class degree with honours classification and, after competing with the University's Formula Student team, joined Cosworth Electronics as a support engineer for their ECU and chassis products.

Ben spent an intensive two years with Cosworth, assisting a variety of clients from large Manufacturers, to 'one man band' project car builders, via email, phone and track based support.

Due to Cosworth's varied customer base he was involved in the development process and support for a wide range of vehicles including the BMW M6 GT3, RenaultSport RS01, Bentley Continental GT3, British F3, Aston Martin Vulcan, Renault Clio Cup, Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and Ford/M-Sport WRC. 

At the beginning of the 2016 season Ben left Cosworth and started working for himself as a freelance data and performance engineer. His customers included Team Parker Racing where he assisted with their various racing endeavours, including the Bentley GT3 and its telemetry system, in the Blancpain Endurance championship and Spa 24 hours, the Porsche Cayman GT4 in British GT, the NGTC Ford Focus in the BTCC and the Porsche 991 Cup in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. 

Other customers included Motorbase Performance assisting with development testing of their NGTC cars and McLaren Automotive, with their P1 GTR and PureMcLaren customer track events.

Ben NewmanBEng(Hons)

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