Vertical Advanced Engineering focuses on delivering lightweight composite design solutions to the mainstream automotive, aerospace and marine sectors. Our team combine vast experience with industry knowledge to engineer first in class, innovative solutions to your product challenges. We adopt a client-first philosophy throughout all of our engineering projects.

Aerospace & Aviation

We use state-of-the-art technology developed in Formula 1, specifically the innovative use of composite lightweight structures, in all of our aerospace projects. We are proud to be AS9100D certified.


Our team combine their motorsport knowledge and expertise to uniquely position us as one of the few organisations outside F1 to have launched a team from scratch (Lotus F1). We can handle projects from lightweight part design, through to aerodynamic and vehicle dynamic programs.

Automotive & Transport

Our team benefits from the insight and knowledge of working in the niche lightweight sportscar sector. We can efficiently apply our skillsets to the mainstream automotive sector; particularly the cost-effective use of lightweight composite solutions.


Our CTO has competed in offshore races including the Transat Jacques Varbe 2013, and skippered Class 40 boat Silvi Belle 2 to podium finishes in the RORC Fastnet and RORC Transatlantic races in 2015. This knowledge and interest in the sector combined with our background allows us to deliver cutting-edge technology to the marine environment.

Design House

We utilise cutting-edge computer aided engineering (CAE) software including Siemens NX and SolidWorks design packages, Siemens TeamCenter PLM software and Altair Hyperworks solutions. Our design staff can deliver unrivalled expertise, achieving a competitive edge, in a cost-effective model, for our clients.

  • Composite and mechanical Finite Element Analysis (FEA), including crash analysis.
  • CFD expertise
  • Static, Dynamic, Crash and Fatigue Analysis & Design in Composites and Metallic
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The majority of our team have a background in F1 meaning we are highly skilled in all areas of research and development. Our experience has allowed us to develop our expertise across all the main elements of performance testing, with the aim of keeping ahead of competition.

  • Driver in the Loop Simulator
  • Aerodynamics/CFD
  • Multi Post Test Rig
  • Non-Destructive and Destructive Testing
  • Rapid Prototyping/Manufacture
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Race and project management

We have over 25 years of Formula 1 technical management experience and have run large manufacturer sponsored teams such as Renault and Toyota. Our CTO activated and managed the 2010 entry of the Lotus Racing Team into F1. We manage racing projects from car part design to full works supported international racing programs – offering the same high-quality skills to all of our projects.

  • Full Car Design, Build and Run Projects
  • Project Management of Motorsport and Marine Projects
  • Comprehensive Lifing, Testing and Reliability Programs
  • Marketing and Commercial Services
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We specialise in design and cost-effective production across all platforms. For composite projects we work with leading specialist production companies and have specific experience in Vacuum Resin Infusion methods and Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP). We pioneered the use of 3D printing in Formula 1 and have our own in-house 3D printing capabilities.

  • 3D Design and In-house Printing Facilities providing high-quality materials and surfaces finishes
  • Vacuum Resin Infusion for Aerospace and Motorsport Projects
  • Guaranteed accuracy and focus on the quality and delivery of parts
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Management Training

We have experience working in competitive environments, from small sports teams to global corporations. We can help your management team to successfully operate in a fast-changing environment and adapt management and operation styles accordingly.

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Team building

Formula 1 is a top-level sport which relies on strong team-building and shared success. We can share our experiences of building winning teams and how to apply those skills to different industries and cultural environments.

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