Adrian is available as
a consultant on particular engineering topics within his skill set.
Having established from ground up, a small business
designing and manufacturing racing cars and racing car parts, there
is much experience in this field. The mix of engineering and entrepreneurial
skills were forced into the competitive world of motor sport for
thirty years and during this time Reynard Racing Cars grew into
the largest racing car company the world had ever seen.
Adrian pioneered applications of simultaneous
engineering, CAD CAM, Composite manufacture, optimised factory design-and-build
and whilst doing so also created a great team of people.
Adrian is Visiting Professor in Motor
Sport Design at Oxford Brookes University where he helped establish
the first M Eng degree in “Motorsport Engineering”.
He is also Visiting Professor in Engineering and Applied Science
at Cranfield University. Adrian is a founding member and ex chairman
of the Motorsport Advisory Board for the M.Sc course in Motorsport
Engineering and Management.
A member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Adrian has always been fascinated with aerodynamics and flight.
He gained his PPL in 1983 and has owned and flown a wide variety
of aircraft including Harvard, Spitfire, Pitts Special, Citation
Jet and Aero Vodochy L39. Since 1985 a helicopter PPL was added
with most hours attained in Robinson R44 to date.
Reynard Aviation Ltd was established in Brackley
on Reynard Park in a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Adrian
was elected Chairman. In this 15,000 sq ft facility the Virgin Upper
Class lay-flat bed was designed and manufactured. RAL equipped all
of Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 fleet. In
so doing RAL acquired both C.A.A. and F.A.A approvals and became
original equipment certified suppliers to Boeing and Airbus.
It was early in the career of Adrian when
he realised the importance of aerodynamics. From his first wind
tunnel experiences in the Fluids Lab at Oxford Polytechnic (now
Oxford Brookes University), he has been captivated by this primary
performance effect. Whilst studying for a Masters Degree in Vehicle
Dynamics at Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University)
he was able to conduct his thesis in the larger model wind tunnel
and produced his first 33% scale model of an F1 car to his own design.
In 1982 full-scale tests were undertaken when
Reynard was Technical Director of March Formula 1 Team and subsequently
all Reynard cars have been subjected to intense wind tunnel development.
In 1991, Adrian ventured into Formula 1 and hired
Rory Byrne and Pat Symonds plus a twenty-man team to design his own car. This project had to
be abandoned through lack of finance but it did spawn a radical
development by way of a 40% three quarter open-jet wind tunnel being
designed and built at Shrivenham Military College of Science (now
part of Cranfield University). This 50m/s moving ground tunnel was
exclusively used by Reynard for over a decade and was responsible
for the successful analysis and development of all the Reynard model
In early 1995, whilst living in the USA in readiness
to attack and dominate the CART Indy car scene, Reynard decided
to build a larger version of the Shrivenham Wind tunnel at Indianapolis.
America only had one wind tunnel of similar type in existence and
that was on the West Coast. The tunnel was a huge project and was
not finished until 1997. It attracted investment from Honda and
CART Teams with Reynard maintaining a controlling interest.
Today, Adrian Reynard is the Chairman
of the Auto Research Centre LLC. The client base ranges across all
motor sport and there is strong support from industry. A seven-post
rig has been added and ARC also specialises in model making and
Since 1997, three other wind tunnels have been
designed and project managed by Adrian Reynard. The first was a
similar design but incorporating a yawing road that was built for
BAR F1 Team in 1999 where Adrian Reynard was also co-founder and
Technical Director. This 50% scale wind tunnel has been the sole
aerodynamic resource, which has lead to the successful development
of the BAR F1 car to challenge Ferrari in the 2004 drivers and Constructors
In 2000, Roger Penske asked Reynard to construct
a similar facility to ARC LLC in Mooresville N Carolina. ARC Mooresville
was constructed on time and within budget and was commissioned in
2001. One distinct advantage of this unique concept wind tunnel
is the relative simplicity of the design and the unbeatable value-for-money
offered for a 50% scale wind tunnel at 50 m/s speed.
These features attracted the Ford Motor Company
to commission Reynard to design and build another wind tunnel for
their Jaguar Formula 1 Team in 2002. Again, constructed and delivered
on time and within budget, this facility actually occupied the building
previously housing Reynard Racing Cars at Bicester. This facility was adopted by Red Bull to develop their championship winning F1 cars for Sebastian Vettel and is now the used by the Torro Rosso Formula One team.
Adrian Reynard owns the intellectual property
of the design and records of the successful blueprint for the project
management and acquisition of all the components needed to construct
replicas of these innovative instruments. Typically, replicas can be constructed for under $18m in the USA or £11m in the UK; these facilities can be provided as a turnkey aerodynamic solution within 12 months.
Adrian Reynard has consulted on many projects
including Boat design and World Water Speed Record attempts. He
has personally laid out design parameters for a sailing yacht and
in 2002 has supervised the build and commissioning of a 26 metre
motor yacht including obtaining MCA Approval.
A keen sailor for 30 years, he has wins from dingy
racing in Bantham, Devon to Best Crew, 1st in Fleet, 1st in Class,
Best Elapsed Time in Antigua Week May 2003. He has owned fly-bridge
motor yachts since 1994 and travelled extensively for over 20,000
miles across the Mediterranean as Commercial RYA Yachtmaster and
Skipper. November 2011 saw Adrian skipper his own Lagoon catamaran on a Trans-Atlantic voyage to St. Lucia.
Water related hobbies include water skiing, jet
skiing, scuba diving (PADI Advanced Diver) and kite boarding and
has provided aerodynamic consultancy to a leading kite board manufacturer.
Always popular with aspiring motor sport
enthusiasts or young engineers, Adrian Reynard is in great demand
for his talks and presentations, which draw from the experiences
in his personal career and the business of motor racing including
Formula 1. Venues include many Colleges where he seeks to inspire
young people to achieve goals that they may think unattainable,
the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Motor Industry Research
Association, the Motor Sport Industry Association and the Society
of Automotive Engineers. Since Adrian Reynard is now resident overseas,
these bookings need planning well in advance and remuneration and
expenses are considered on an individual basis.