This day was equally as busy and interesting as the first. After being told the previous day that engineers can arrive as early as possible, I have decided to be in the office at 7pm, although office hours were from 9am to 6pm. In order to develop my CAD skills and knowledge, I got on with an online training course found on the local network.
At 11am, I had the opportunity to go down with the test engineers to the racing simulator. This was a huge privilege as that is a place which had one of the most restricted access in the whole Centre.
Oliver Turvey, one of McLaren’s test drivers was in the simulator (a very high tech piece of kit). Once again as an enthusiast, I have never realised how much work goes into testing on the simulator and the level of accuracy at which they can work at; it was just mind boggling.
I had spent a couple of hours with the test engineers and after lunch had the opportunity to speak with Oliver. It was great speaking with him, I never thought this would be possible, but it was!
In the afternoon, I spent time with the Finite Element Analysis engineers and went through the process of analysing the stresses and strains that all the parts may encounter on a Formula 1 car. This was another excellent session and a real eye opener.