F1 expert to deliver IMechE presidential address at Engineers Ireland
29 November 2016
The annual event marks the close links between Engineers Ireland’s Mechanical and Manufacturing division and IMechE. A modified version of the IMechE presidential address is delivered to a joint meeting of IMechE’s Republic of Ireland Branch and the Mechanical and Manufacturing division. The theme of this year’s address is ‘Engineering your own future’ where Hilton will reflect on his fifteen successful years working in the motorsport industry (Formula 1, Cosworth, Arrows and Renault).
Hilton started his engineering career with Rolls-Royce military engines group where he completed their undergraduate training scheme, graduating from the Hatfield Polytechnic. His first appointment was in helicopter engine design but his passion for engines led him to Formula One and in 1991 he moved to Cosworth where he rose up the ranks from engine designer to chief engineer of the F1 programme.
In 1998 he moved to the TWR Arrows team as chief engineer of the F1 engines group and here he built up a team of skilled engineers to design and develop F1 engines. In early 2003 he moved, along with his F1 engines team, to Renault F1 where he formed the UK based engine division for the team. As technical director of the engine division he was intimately involved with a very successful period for the team winning both driver’s and constructor’s Formula One World Championships in 2005 and 2006.
In January 2007, he, along with former Renault F1 colleague Doug Cross, formed a new engineering company called Flybrid Automotive to develop high-speed flywheel based hybrid systems for automobile application. As managing director, Hilton ran the company with prime responsibility for commercial activities until January 2014, when Torotrak PLC acquired the company. He now has a non-executive role as deputy chairman of the parent company.
The address is free to attend and all are welcome. It will be followed by a dinner, also in 22 Clyde Road, for which advance booking and payment (€15) is required. Tickets can be booked here.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2016/11/29/imeche-president-presidential-address-engineers-ireland/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/F1-IMechE.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/F1-IMechE-300x300.jpgNewsEngineers Ireland,IMechE,mechanical