Some of the bmc::labs team has worked together for years, all of us have experience in the automotive sector. This experience combined with our varied fields of expertise is available to you, and we are as committed as we are flexible when it comes to making sure to make a project a success. In this article I give examples of what we’ve done to help you assess how we can be of use to you.
formula student history
In Formula Student, teams of university students design and build open-wheel race cars. In the competition, not only the on-track performance is a factor - the engineering design of the cars is evaluated by industry professionals, and other aspects of the process such as cost, business planning and project management play a role as well. And the engineering in Formula Student is no joke: the cars of the better teams weigh in at around 170 to 180kg, accelerate to 100kph in under 2sec and achieve lateral forces well in excess of 2G despite the tightly winded road cone tracks they have to navigate.
Roughly half our team have worked in positions of responsibility in Formula Student teams. In Formula Student, pressure is high and experience is gained fast - and learnings stick. When you have to bring a race car to competition against teams from all around the world, with your sponsors keeping a close eye, and with only volunteers, you understand very quickly that success means putting your ego on hold and doing whatever it takes, learning to lead from the front and just doing the work.
This is where we were forged. Our advisors Simon and Max were technical director combustion and overall team leader respectively. Dominik was head of finance. Jannik did a brief stint as an intern, and I myself was overall team leader one year and technical director for the driverless project in another. All at municHMotorsport, and proud of it. Sebastian meanwhile was in charge of software and telemetry at elbflorace for several years and to this day enjoys the respect of his colleagues there.
While most of the engineering department was out designing small race cars, Camilla started early to build experience in the automotive sector and motorsports. After a brief few weeks at Seat in Barcelona, she went on to work in the event management department of WTCC, joining TCR International and TCR Europe directly after. Being charged with team liaison and on-site organisation during the events, she put the decade to good use travelling the world and gaining tons of experience in the industry.
And she isn’t alone. Dominik Feil started as a driver before he decided he wanted to make motorsports his career beyond that. With job training as an IT Specialist in his pocket, he started working as a data analyst and systems engineer for logging systems in TCR and GT series, travelling the globe and helping scrutineering departments ensure that the cars running on track were in conformance with technical regulations.
Professional motorsports still plays a substantial role in our work today. We consult WSC Group on all things TCR, mostly on technical issues but still also in terms of project management and on-site organisation. So if you are at a race track and TCR cars are running there - and there is a good chance there are, with TCR being the technical regulation with most cars built according to it running world-wide, leaving one-make series aside - ask around, and you might just meet us there.
projects and engagements
In the short time that bmc::labs has existed as a company, we’ve delivered substantial work packages for our customers. We are currently engaged in consulting the project managing for WSC Group. We’ve designed electromechanical components for race cars and we’re working on a novel software solution which will support the specific needs of operators of motorsports technical regulations. Beyond this, we’ve had a hand in delivering a demonstrator car for a premium sports car brand in the beginning of 2020, a project in which the customer was very happy with our contribution and flexible support. And we are, of course, working on our own projects ranging from open source software to a new electronics product planned to be launched towards the end of the year.
what it means for you
We might be young, with an average age just below 30. But we have a lot more experience than is the norm, and particularly a lot more experience when it comes to leadership and management in technical projects. We have created electronics and software for the better part of our lives - I personally have been writing code since I was barely a teenager, Sebastian has a similar relationship with electronics, to name just us two as examples although all of the team is enthusiastic about technology and about delivering above expectations. And we are all motivated to get projects over the finish line in a way that I’m confident to say will surprise you.