Dipl.-Ing. (TUM) Christian Schmidt-Gogler, MSc, BSc discovered his passion for motorsport at the age of 16 and decided to become a professional motorsport engineer one day, making enthusiasm to his job. Till now, Christian has gained considerable experience as technical director, chief engineer, race engineer, performance engineer, data engineer and support engineer in many different racing series and categories like LMP1 (FIA WEC), LMP3 (Ultimate Cup Series), Formula (F3, FR 2.0, F4), GT3 (ADAC GT Masters, Blancpain GT Series), Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, GT4 (ADAC Germany, European Series, DTM Trophy), Touring car (TCR Germany, International) and Endurance races (VLN, 24H Nuerburgring, Total Spa 24H, Gulf 12H Abu Dhabi) as well as factory race car development for McLaren & Porsche Motorsport. So far, he was able to achieve a total of SEVEN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES, several overall victories in more than 100 race weekends and three of the drivers he worked with developed into factory status. In nearly 10 years of professional trackside work in various rolls, Christian developed to work to the highest standards and tightest timescales with excellent communication skills and the capability to make decisions. He knows the business very well and his experience together with two Master specialisations in relevant areas from two of the world’s leading universities do bring an unique mix of practical and academic knowledge to customers.

VICTORIES AND SUCCESS

  • Champion GT4 European Series Pro-Am Championship 2020
  • Champion ADAC GT4 Germany Team Championship 2020
  • Champion ADAC GT Masters Drivers Championship 2019
  • Champion ADAC GT Masters Team Championship 2019
  • Champion Formula Renault 2.0 NEC/Euro Drivers Championship 2018
  • Champion Formula Renault 2.0 NEC/Euro Team Championship 2018
  • Champion ADAC TCR Germany Rookie Championship 2016
  • Vize-Champion ADAC GT4 Germany Drivers Championship 2020
  • Vize-Champion ADAC GT Masters Team Championship 2014
  • 3rd GT4 European Series Team Championship 2020
  • 3rd ADAC GT Masters Drivers Championship 2014
  • 4th Overall Total Spa 24H 2017
  • Several overall victories in sprint and endurance races with different teams and drivers in various categories
  • Three drivers developed into factory status after working together
  • Record: Most race victories in one ADAC GT Masters season (Total: 6, Year: 2014)
  • RPE Founder

EDUCATION

2014-2018: Master of Science (MSc) (Dipl.-Ing. (TUM)) in Aerospace Engineering, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Specialisation: Aerodynamics

Taught Modules: Race car aerodynamics, Aerodynamics of ground based cars, Bluff body aerodynamics, Boundary layer theory, Turbulent flows, Applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Unsteady aerodynamics 1 and 2, Aircraft aerodynamics 1 and 2, Gas dynamics, Aero elasticity, Helicopter aerodynamics, Helicopter physics 1, Construction and design of helicopters 1, Aircraft engines and gas turbines 1, Vehicle concept development and simulation, Structures.

Term Project: Development and verification of a new VABS pre-processor for calculating advanced properties of rotor blades: A MATLAB code allows to translate a CATIA V5 rotor blade model to calculate its structural properties in VABS.

Master thesis (Distinction): “Undertray Aerodynamic Performance Improvement of a LMP1 Type Race Car in Conformity with the FIA Regulations”. Though, the aim was to improve the downforce level and efficiency of its undertray considering floor sealing, diveplane as well as leading edge design in particular within the general thesis topic of vortices. CFD was performed using the Lattice Boltzmann approach.

2016-2017: Master of Science (MSc) (Distinction) in Advanced Motorsport Engineering, Cranfield University, United Kingdom. Specialisation: Vehicle Dynamics

Taught Modules: Composite structures for motorsport, Computational fluid dynamics for motorsport, Motorsport aerodynamics, Motorsport electronics and data acquisition, Motorsport powertrain design, Motorsport structural analysis, Motorsport vehicle dynamics, The business of motorsport.

Group Design Project: Cranfield Hybrid Hill Climb Car 2017. Involved in designing a complete hybrid powered hill climb car including areas such as aerodynamics, structure, suspension and powertrain where the own focus was on suspension design and vehicle performance analysis looking additional after tyres.

Master thesis (Distinction): “Investigation about the Influence of Corner Inside Kerbs on Vehicle Performance”. The project was in cooperation with Team 75 Motorsport and their GT3 race car including a Simulink Full Car Model and Matlab in-house point-mass laptime simulation taking different spring-damper settings and the normalised tyre force variations (NTF) into account.

2010-2014: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Aerospace Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Taught Modules: Advanced mathematics 1 to 3, Engineering mechanics 1 to 3, General physics, General electronics, Aerospace thermodynamics 1 and 2, Fluid dynamics 1 and 2, Theory of design, Material science and lightweight structures, Astronautics 1 and 2, Numerical simulation 1 and 2, Information technology 1 and 2, Systems engineering, Static 1 and 2, Heat radiation and transfer, flight mechanics, Aircraft engines.

Bachelor thesis: “Numerical Optimisation of a flow in a nozzle using genetic algorithms in OpenFOAM”. The project aimed to optimise the flow through a standard diffuser for given parameters with different wing profiles placed inside trying to prevent flow separation while the diffuser opening angle has been set extra high on purpose.

RELEVANT SKILLS

Language: German (native level), English (IELTS C1 level), French (A1 level), Spanish (A1 level)

Computer Software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, …), MATLAB / Simulink, ChassisSim, CATIA, LS Dyna, AVL Boost, HyperMesh, OpenFOAM, StarCCM+, ANSYS Fluent, ultraFluidX

Data Analysis: PI Research / Cosworth Toolbox, Bosch WinDarab, MoTeC, AIM Race Studio

Systems & Components: Cosworth Systems, Bosch Motorsport Systems (RaceCon), Dampers (Öhlins, KW, Bilstein, Sachs), VBox Video System, On Board Electric & Electronics CAN Diagnostics

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Creator & Lecturer: Webinar / Online Course in Basic or Advanced Race Car Data Analysis for Drivers
  • Motorsport Performance Engineering Webinar of Jorge Segers, 2020
  • Professional racing experience as Kart driver in sprint (British University Kart Championship) and endurance racing (German Indoor Kart League, German Team Championship, 24H) out & indoor until 2017
  • Member of the CSA Motorsport Club at the Cranfield University 2016/2017
  • Advanced Motorsport Engineering Short Course at Cranfield University, UK, 2016
  • Porsche 991 GT3 R engineer seminar at Weissach, Germany, 2016
  • Technical University of Munich (TUM) Formula Student (TUfast) Team Member as Race Engineer in 2015
  • University of Stuttgart Formula Student Electric (GreenTeam) Team Member as Test Engineer in 2013

EXPERIENCE

2020: Chief Engineer – Head of Engineering, Allied-Racing, Germany

Chief Engineer & Technical Director & Senior Race Engineer of Allied-Racing for a total of eight race cars (two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GEN2 and six Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR) in the ADAC GT4 Germany, DTM Trophy, GT4 European Series and NLS including the 24H Nuerburgring. Responsible for all technical and engineering aspects including development on and off track. Management and motivation of a team of about 25 people including 7 engineers.

2019: Senior Race Engineer, HCB-Rutronik Racing, Germany

Senior Race Engineer of HCB-Rutronik Racing leading one Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo race car in the ADAC GT Masters as well as DMV GTC / Dunlop 60. Responsible for all engineering aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as radio communication, run planning and strategy.

2019: Senior Race & Performance Engineer, Allied-Racing, Germany

Senior Race & Performance Engineer of Allied-Racing leading one Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR race car in the GT4 European Series as well as at the 24H Nuerburgring. Responsible for all engineering aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as radio communication, run planning and strategy.

2019: Senior Race Engineer, SFR Team, Spain

Senior Race Engineer of SFR Team for one Ligier JS P3 race car in the Ultimate Cup Series. Responsible for the on track data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) including setup development.

Oct/2018-Feb/2019: Full-time Senior Performance Engineer, Mclaren Motorsport, United Kingdom

Senior Performance Engineer of McLaren Motorsport responsible for the McLaren 720S GT3 race car development on & off track including chassis & aerodynamic performance evaluation; Chassis baseline setup definition; Tyre usage analysis as well as development of ABS, TC and Differential settings. Participated at the Gulf 12H Abu Dhabi.

2018: Senior Performance Engineer, Porsche Motorsport, Germany

Senior Performance Engineer of Porsche Motorsport for the development of the Porsche 718 GT4 CS MR race car on track. Responsible for the data and performance analysis (chassis & driver).

2018: Chief Engineer, Anders Motorsport, Germany

Chief Engineer & Senior Race Engineer of Anders Motorsport leading two FR 2.0 race cars in the Formula Renault NEC/Eurocup. Responsible for all technical aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as team management / development.

2018: Senior Race Engineer, Aust Motorsport, Germany

Senior Race Engineer of Aust Motorsport leading one Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car in the ADAC GT Masters. Responsible for all engineering aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as radio communication, run planning and strategy.

Sep/2017-Apr/2018: Senior Performance Engineer & Aerodynamicist, ByKolles Racing, Germany

Senior Performance Engineer & Aerodynamicist for one own developed LMP1 race car (Enso CLM P1/01 Nismo) at tests for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Responsible for all engineering aspects on & off track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as aerodynamic development / research.

2017: Senior Performance Engineer, Team 75 Motorsport, Germany

Senior Performance Engineer of Team 75 Motorsport for two Porsche 991 GT3 R race cars and one Porsche 991 Cup race car in the ADAC GT Masters, VLN and 24H Spa-Francorchamps. Responsible for the on track data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as strategy.

2016: Technical Director, Engstler Motorsport, Germany

Technical Director of Engstler Motorsport for three VW Golf GTI TCR race cars and one Seat Leon TCR race car in the ADAC TCR Germany and TCR International (one event). Responsible for all technical aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as team management, organisation and development.

2016: Race Engineer, Attempto-Racing, Germany

Race Engineer of Attempto-Racing leading one Porsche 991 GT3 R race car as well as Support Engineer for two Lamborghini Huracan GT3 race cars in the Blancpain Series Endurance. Responsible for all engineering aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver), run planning and strategy.

2015: Race & Data Engineer, HP Racing International, Austria

Race and Data Engineer of HP Racing International for one Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 race car in the ADAC GT Masters. Responsible for all engineering aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver), run planning and strategy.

2015: Chief Data & Race Engineer, Swiss Motorsport Group, Switzerland

Chief Data and Race Engineer of the Swiss Motorsport Group (SMG) for three Tatuus F4 race cars in the ADAC Formula 4. Responsible for all engineering aspects on track including data and performance analysis (chassis & driver), radio communication, run planning and strategy.

2014: Performance Engineer & Aerodynamicist, Callaway Competition, Germany

Performance Engineer and Aerodynamicist of Callaway Competition for two Corvette C6 GT3-R race cars in the ADAC GT Masters. Responsible for the on track data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as strategy and aerodynamic research.

2012-2013: Support, Race & Data Engineer, Various teams

Support and Data Engineer for one Dallara Formula race car in the ADAC Formula Masters and one Dallara F311 race car in the ATS Formula 3 Cup (German F3 Cup). Race and Data Engineer for one FR 2.0 race car in the Formula Renault NEC. Responsible for the on track data and performance analysis (chassis & driver) as well as supporting engineers/mechanics where needed.