12 July 2022

The dream engineering job does exist, and three lucky applicants will be the perfect fit.

For the second year running, components firm Accu has teamed up with the UK’s number one student motorsport team – Oxford Brookes Racing – to offer an amazing experience to help three people start their journey to becoming a professional racing car engineer.

With the British Grand Prix ending at the weekend, F1 careers have never seemed so hot. In fact, Google searches for jobs in the F1 jumped up by 205 percent in the week of this year’s Grand Prix. And research carried out by Accu shows that for every role at the F1, there are 4,444 candidates.

The lucky winning candidates will put themselves in a strong position for a future career in the F1, immersing themselves in the world of motorsport for a day – and get paid while they’re at it – as they find out how racing cars are designed, prototyped, and built, picking up £200 for their time.

Last year’s winner, Ffion, said: “I come from a design and sports science background and am currently doing a postgraduate degree. I didn’t have any experience in car engineering, which is why the time I spent with the OBR racing team was a useful experience. In fact, it helped me gain work experience with a Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) Race Team, where I’ll work with their pit stop performance analysis team, to examine the crew’s movements and see if we can reduce injury, make movements more fluid/efficient and reduce pit stop time.”

In a job advertisement posted online, the component supplier is offering technical insights into how racing cars are built, hands-on experience in CAD sessions, the opportunity to learn about aerodynamics, a car build masterclass and even a driving experience.

The winners will also get tickets to next year’s Formula Student – a world-renowned competition for students to build a single-seat racing car.

Applicants are being asked to share their favourite motorsport memory with Accu on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn by tagging @accucomponents and using the hashtag #AccuDreamJob.

The deadline is 30 September 2022. The winner will be announced and contacted during the week ending on Friday 2 October 2022.

Martin Ackroyd, Co-founder of Accu, said: “This is an amazing prospect for three people – many people would pay for the opportunity to get up close and personal with a racing car. Jobs in the F1 are scarce, so we wanted to provide a taster of what’s involved, whilst hopefully propelling their career.”

Aspiring race car engineers can find the T&Cs here.