Founded in 2003 as MGI, Vertical Advanced Engineering today delivers cutting-edge technology solutions to businesses. We leverage our unique set of skills in the aerospace and aviation, automotive and transport, and motorsport and marine industries. 

The technical team in our Oxfordshire campus are focused on delivering innovative solutions to meet our client’s specific requirements. Our DNA is rooted in extensive R&D, fast-paced development, on-time within-budget delivery and reliance on a trusted international network. We believe in sustainable and reusable energy technology across all our supported sectors. 

We are among the few companies outside Formula 1 to have launched an F1 team from scratch. We also managed an entry into the 24 Hours of LE Mans, sports car collaboration with Renault Alpine, and Class 40 sailing project ‘Caterham Challenge’.


Vertical Advanced Engineering has a team of highly skilled experts covering a breadth of engineering capabilities and sectors. Our hard-working staff have gained a proven track record for success through their combined knowledge, insights and passion in their areas.

Mike Gascoyne

Chief Technology Officer

Since leaving Cambridge University after studying a PhD in fluid dynamics, Mike has continued to present exceptional industry knowledge in international motorsport for over two decades which includes; extensive experience in motorsport & sports car engineering and international top level management experience.

  • Head of Aerodynamics at F1 McLaren
  • 25 years in F1 at Senior Technical Management level
  • Technical Director at Tyrell, Sauber, Jordan, Renault & Toyota
  • Set up the Lotus/Caterham F1 team in 2009 from scratch
  • Developed the Caterham F1 team into the Caterham Group encompassing motorsport projects (F1, GP2, Le Mans), as well as composites, road car and automotive consultancy businesses
  • Set up Caterham Challenge Class 40 sailing team
  • Solo transatlantic 2012, TJV 2013 with Brian Thompson, 3rd 2015
  • Fastnet Race, 2nd 2015 RORC Transatlantic
  • Consultant on applying the lessons learned from F1 to mainstream automotive, aviation and marine environments

Chris Harris

Head of Stress Analysis

Chris has an extensive career in advanced stress engineering and has acquired a broad level of expert knowledge in motorsport and the defence and aerospace industries. This includes vast experience in motorsport and as an F1 stress engineer for five years, he worked on international vehicle platform programs and has a wide
skillset ranging from advancing very low volume composites to high volume metallic structures.

Sean Briscall

Head of Mechanical Design

Sean has a wealth of experience in mechanical design and has developed valuable skills through senior roles in both the F1 and the defence industry. He started in Formula 1 at Tyrrell, worked for McLaren and Toyota F1 and also has 10 years experience in the defence industry.

James East

Head of Systems Integration

James has developed specialist knowledge in the areas of composite design and systems integration throughout his career in F1 motorsport. This included being a Senior Design Engineer and also enabled him to work with Williams F1, Manor and Toro Rosso.

Andy Tidy

Head of Composite Design

Andy has developed specialist knowledge in composites design from his career portfolio; being the Wind Tunnel Model & Surfacing Designer for McLaren F1, working for G Force Technologies, McLaren Cars, Super Aguri F1, Honda Racing F1 and then being Senior Composites Designer for Williams F1 – this brought a wealth of 25 years experience.

Stuart Norfolk

Head of Aerodynamics

Stuart graduated from Cranfield University with an MSc in Aerospace Dynamics. He then spent four years working at Virgin Racing Formula, moving to Emilia Romagna (Italy) to work for the Haas F1 Team as an Aerodynamicist – spending 2,000 hours in Ferrari’s Wind Tunnel at Maranello over three years! Stuart then spent two years working as a Vehicle Simulation Engineer in the Vehicle Performance Group.

Vertical Advanced Engineering implemented an effective quality management system to improve customer satisfaction and provide consistent structure to design projects. We received AS9100D certification from BSI; which is a significant milestone in our business development. BSI is an independent certification body which will conduct on-site audits to ensure we meet customer requirements and comply with AS9100 (requirements specific to aerospace).

We are a proud member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA); the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport, high performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. The MIA is a prestigious association which our team of highly skilled professionals are honoured to be a part of.