The Future of Carbon-free Aviation (online)
The eVTOL market and the application of F1 technology in the aviation sector
Following his PhD in fluid dynamics, Mike Gascoyne (U82), spent 25 years in motorsport engineering and now operates in the emerging sector of eVTOL (vertical take-off and landing) development. His company’s focus is in developing carbon free electric flight by bringing lightweight F1 solutions, systems and agile processes from F1 to the development of eVTOL aircraft.
Mike carved out an illustrious career at the pinnacle of international Motorsport for over two decades. It was his passion for motorsport that would see him step into the Formula 1 paddock for the first time in 1989 as the Head of Aerodynamics at McLaren. Mike founded MGI in 2003 which he has actively and successfully run in unison with his other high level jobs. In 2016 he expanded MGI as an engineering consultancy company to bring lightweight F1 solutions to mainstream engineering. In 2018 Vertical Aerospace bought MGI Motorsport to become Vertical Advanced Engineering. In 2020 Vertical Aerospace announced the VA-1X, the worlds first certifiable Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (EVTOL) aircraft. The company’s main focus is in developing carbon free electric flight by applying the latest technologies, systems and agile processes from F1 to the development of eVTOL aircraft.
This event is a hybrid one in front of a live audience at Churchill, whilst broadcast as a live Zoom webinar. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with questions taken from the live audience, as well as from the Zoom Q&A function. Those signing up using this link will receive a Zoom link close to the event. If you wish to attend in person at the College, please book through the Churchill College Association Weekend booking form.