Mark Ellis Appointed Technical Director of Advanced Engine Research

BASILDON, ESSEX (25 January, 2017) – Dr. Mark Ellis has been named to the newly-created position of Technical Director for Advanced Engine Research, Ltd. Ellis, whose relationship with AER goes back to 2009, has most recently held the title of Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering at London South Bank University, while maintaining a consulting relationship with AER. He will be responsible for technical leadership within the company, including reliability and performance development. Ellis will have a significant role in business strategy as well as development of future engine projects. He will also have line management responsibility for engineering personnel and will lead design, simulation, performance-development, and engine-testing.

“Mark’s return to full-time status with AER represents another step forward for our company,” said AER managing director Mike Lancaster in making the announcement. Lancaster noted that Ellis’ longtime integrated involvement in the academic and professional engineering worlds gives him a rare perspective and approach to the challenges inherent in motorsport.

“In his new role Mark will be a key contributor to AER’s growth, while fulfilling our commitment to maintaining the ‘small-company’ benefits of flexibility; rapid response times to new engine projects and requests; technical capability across the board; personal face-to-face customer experience; and expanding our company’s capabilities in new markets across the world.”

“I am very pleased to be returning to a full-time role at AER,” Ellis said. “Many aspects of AER’s business have improved greatly during recent times. I already have a good working relationship with many among the current staff and huge respect for the staff’s individual and collective expertise, professionalism and overall capability. These existing positive relationships will permit me to immediately focus on leading our programs for both engine performance development and reliability.”

Ellis first joined AER in January, 2009 and was later named the company’s Chief Engineer. During his tenure in that position Ellis was involved with a number of major projects, including one for an F1 client for the design, manufacture and testing of a prototype engine to evaluate proposed Formula 1 turbocharged engine rules. He also oversaw the evolution of the existing P70 and P80 Le Mans Prototype-class engines.

Expanding on Lancaster’s remarks, Ellis noted that “Throughout my career I have been involved in industry and academia, to the mutual benefit of both types of organization. I have been able to bring relevant and up-to-date examples of work and case-studies from Industry to the lecture room whilst working in academia, which in turn has continually reinforced my theoretical knowledge and awareness of state-of-the-art processes which I’ve then been able to bring back into industry.

“I have been exposed to various engineering disciplines through academic work and colleagues,” Ellis continued, “some different to those normally encountered in a race-engine company. A broader awareness of engineering has proved beneficial in addressing potential solutions to engineering problems in the workplace. At the same time, I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented engineers and technicians in motorsport, and have learnt greatly from them.”

In remarks following his appointment, Ellis made several points about the advantages AER offers the motorsport community, including the company’s ability to offer high-end technology mechanical and electronic systems at competitive prices.

“The company is practically unique for its size in having the technical capability in design, simulation and test to be able to undertake clean-sheet design engine products, whilst supported by dedicated manufacturing and build capability,” Ellis said, noting the company’s history in top-level motorsport – it’s products have been competing on race tracks and in the marketplace since 1999 – and its excellent reputation among its peers in the industry. He further noted that AER’s sister company, Life-Racing, enables AER to offer integrated packages, including not just ECU, data-acquisition, and engine looms, but also full chassis integration. This allows a degree of mechanical and electrical performance development normally only exploited by much larger organizations.

Ellis is a chartered mechanical engineer whose qualifications, in addition to 20 years professional experience, include BEng(Hons), PhD CEng and FIMechE. He and his family reside near Basildon, Essex.




BASILDON, ESSEX (November 19, 2016) – With the championship title already in hand, REBELLION Racing finished the FIA World Endurance Championship season on a high note in Bahrain. With a performance emblematic of the team’s five year domination of the LMP1 Privateer class, the #13 Rebellion R-One AER won the last race of the season, the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

It was a flawless performance, with no on-track incidents or technical issues interrupting the Rebellion R-One #13 AER car’s march to the chequered flag. Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Mathéo Tuscher secured the class victory by four laps over the second-place ByKolles #4 car, while placing seventh place overall.

“It’s fantastic that the last race for the R-One played out so well,” said team manager Bart Hayden. “No problems at all, great driving and smooth pit stops made it almost feel easy. The three seasons with the R-One cars have been very rewarding for Rebellion Racing, we’ve won many races and all the Championships. We’ve worked with different technical partners over the years, but this season’s success is shared by Dunlop tyres and Advanced Engine Research.”

The Bahrain race not only marked the finale of the 2016 season, but the conclusion of REBELLION’s five-year tenure in the LMP1 Privateer class. For 2017 the team turns its attention to the LMP2 class.

From the start until the sixth hour of the race, the Rebellion R-One #13 drivers built and extended their advantage over the ByKolles #4 car with a strong and safe pace. The right strategy from the pit wall and faultless pit stops from the crew helped to make the last race of the Rebellion R-One LMP1 car a perfect farewell and an illustration of the dominance of the Swiss team in the LMP1 Privateer category since 2012.

During the 2016 FIA WEC season, REBELLION Racing won eight of the nine races, including two overall podiums, a win at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours and secured eight pole positions along the way. Rebellion Racing won their fifth straight FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams, winning in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It’s an achievement that the whole team is proud of.

After starting 22 races since 2014, the Rebellion R-One cars will now head to the museum. Developed and built in association with ORECA, the Rebellion R-One cars have claimed 19 LMP1 Privateer victories and have been crowned three times as winners of the FIA World Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateers from 2014 to 2016 (to add to the two titles that Rebellion Racing had won previously with their Lola cars in 2012 and 2013).

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ByKOLLES Racing Wins Shanghai WEC Round


BASILDON, ESSEX (November 8, 2016) – ByKOLLES Racing captured the LMP1 Privateer class win in the 6-hour race of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Shanghai. The German team finished seventh overall in the penultimate round series races in 2016 taking its first class victory of the season. The driver trio of Simon Trummer, Switzerland; Oliver Webb, England; and Germany’s Pierre Kaffer performed strongly under difficult conditions at the wheel of the team’s AER-powered CLM P1/01.

“At last we were able to reap the fruits of our hard work. We have had to wait a long time for this,”said ByKOLLES’s operations manager, Boris Bermes. “During the weekend in Shanghai, we focused on preparing the race and never lost sight of our goal. The team did everything right in all the training sessions, in qualifying and on Sunday in the race. With a consistent performance we were able to survive the difficult competition. The result gives us a huge boost on the way to the season finale in Bahrain. ”

“We have had to wait so long for this success. Finally luck was also on our side,” said Trummer. “As always, we have made the most out of our possibilities ! The conditions on the track were extremely difficult. Little grip, a lot of tire wear and heavy traffic have given us a lot of work in the cockpit. We have mastered all these challenges with flying colors. ”

“It was my first race in the LMP1 car on the interesting Formula 1 circuit from Shanghai,” explained Webb. “The feeling of celebrating on the podium with champagne after this hard work is absolutely indescribable. I am especially pleased for all the mechanics and engineers of our team. The guys have been doing tremendous work for months, but they have always had setbacks. At last we earned one here. That’s how I like to go in Bahrain in the season finale. ”

“Take a deep breath,” said Kaffer. “We had great challenges throughout the weekend. Working with the tires was extremely complicated. In the race there was a lot of rubber collecting on the racing surface. Picking it up on your own tires meant you lost a lot of grip and therefore also time. So, there was always the question of where and when to make a maneuver without losing too much. In the end we had a great race and were rewarded for it. Our team has earned more than that. I hope we can win our class again in the finale in Bahrain. That would be a satisfying conclusion to a challenging 2016 season. ”

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