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Aero Performance Engineer

Indianapolis, Indiana, United StatesIndyCar

Job description

Arrow McLaren is the McLaren Racing IndyCar team located on the West side of Indianapolis. By joining our team, you’ll be part of an exhilarating racing program that’s aiming to change the sport for the better by setting the standard for performance.


McLaren values:

Innovative – Respectful – Inclusive – Energetic – Brave


Every day, we want members of this team to come to work with a simple goal in mind: Build better race cars and develop better ways to go racing.

Focus on the process, enjoy the process of continual improvement and the results will take care of themselves.


Purpose of the Role: The Aero Performance Engineer is responsible for maximizing the aerodynamic performance of the race car. This is accomplished through a combination of testing, data analysis, modelling, simulation, measuring, and build specification.


Organizational Structure:

  • Reports to Performance Director

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Analyze aerodynamic data to characterize the aerodynamic performance of the car and identify weaknesses and opportunities to improve car performance through setup and development.
  • Understand variation across physical components through testing and 3D scanning.
  • Work with Aero Performance software and tool developers to improve the analysis process.
  • Manage analysis tasks, priorities and reporting for an event.
  • Plan, conduct, and analyze aerodynamic testing of the IndyCar vehicle.
  • Guide usage of CFD for vehicle modelling and understanding.
  • Interface with mechanics to ensure proper aero configuration and state of repair of associated components.
  • Flexibility in working hours is required including evenings and weekends.
  • Travel to tests and race events will be required.
  • Strong interaction with other groups within Vehicle Performance and Race Engineering.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of professional motorsport experience.
  • Have good data driven analysis skills and the ability to extract meaningful data from a dataset and present in a clear concise manner.
  • Strong ability to bridge theoretical concepts with practical application.
  • Knowledge of full-scale simulation techniques and race car setup.
  • Ability to interface with race team groups to organize and execute a test plan.
  • Experience in motorsport Aerodynamics with particularly sound knowledge of the wind tunnel testing environment and use of CFD.
  • Experience with CAD and 3D scanning.
  •  Minimum Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, aerospace, or aeronautical engineering.
  • Understanding of trades in race car setup with regards to aerodynamics, mechanical setup and tires.

Total Rewards:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement match
  • Voluntary life, short-term, and long-term disability benefits
  • Annual bonus plan
  • Competitive time off plan
  • Team discounts, including kit apparel.


Arrow McLaren is committed to equal employment opportunity. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

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