Mr Chris Smout

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Engineering and Technology

Department: Engineering

Subject area: Motorsport

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Motorsport Engineering,
I am Programme Leader for the Fd Motorsport Engineering course
And the Formula Student Faculty Advisor

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a range of modules, including the practical motorsport workshop module.

However my main teaching responsibilities are for the Motorsport Chassis Engineering and Motorsport Design Dynamics modules on levels 5 and 6.

Professional interests

Outside University I am still very much active in the world of Motorsport working as an engineer, a data engineer and technician.

For the 2015 series I am the lead engineer for the Radical SR3 cup in Barbados and I also run 4 cars during the races.  (I can promise you that it is not as glamorous as it sounds)

Research interests

I am interested in Vehicle dynamics, Motorsport suspension and chassis design/development, Motorsport data logging/analysis and simulation – especially driver in the loop systems and how to the driver interacts / uses them as a driving aid

Membership of professional bodies

I am a fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Authority) and a member of the Society for the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)


I have a BEng (Hons) in Automotive Engineering Design form Coventry University, a PGCHPE from Staffordshire University and 16 years experience in Motorsport

Additional interests and activities

I have a massive passion for Motorsport that takes up a large amount of time, but I also enjoy Music, keeping active and spending time with my young Son

Experience in industry

I have 16 years experience in Motorsport, both full time and part time. Those 16 years include club, national, international and world series level – I have been lucky enough to win at most levels including championship wins.


On top of the motorsport, I also have a strong development engineer within industry.


International experience

My international experience includes;

6 Years working in the European Le Mans / Endurance series

2 Years working in the American Le Mans Series,

1 Year in the World Endurance Championship

1 Year in the Barbados  SR3 Cup

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