Douglas CamplingDoug was the Technical Lead on the successful FIA Formula E battery programme for seasons 1-4. His responsibilities included leading the battery mechanical design team, chassis integration, and the formation of the initial track support team. Within this role Doug was also responsible for achieving the mandatory FiA impact testing, UN 38.3 air freight regulations, and battery fire testing within a very compressed timeframe. In 2020, WAE’s Motorsport team will be providing the batteries for both the ETCR and Extreme E race series. Doug joined Williams in 2006 as a senior design engineer in the F1 design office. He transferred to WAE in 2011 to manage the first customer gearbox programme for the Hispania F1 team. Since that time he has been responsible for all customer motorsport projects which, along with Formula E, have included multiple F1 projects such as Marussia F1 KERS supply in 2013 and gearbox and rear suspension supply to Manor in 2016. He has also led major projects within the WEC series in association with Porsche amongst other manufacturers, and numerous projects in other racing categories. His role at WAE has seen Doug managing design teams, wind tunnel programmes and track support groups, as well as personally supporting customers in the field. As well as electrification, he has a very broad experience in mechanical & systems design and integration and his career to date has exposed him to an unusually large number of varied projects with racing organisations across multiple formulas.
Overcoming obstacles with one electrifying goal: LMDh
The new LMDh concept is anything but an ordinary development project for the world of racing: a uniform hybrid drive system for racing cars to compete in IMSA GTP and WEC Hypercar categories. Bosch Motorsport and WAE acted as development partners, alongside X-TRAC, for this challenging project. After less than three years, a pandemic, and several thousand hours of work, the highly complex prototypes lined up for the start at the ROLEX 24h at Daytona 2023. Learn more about the challenges, the collaboration between all stakeholders, and the system and its components.