Purnell joins FIA as technical consultant 18 Dec 2006
Tony Purnell, formerly team principal of Jaguar and Red Bull Racing, has been appointed as a technical consultant to the FIA, Formula One racings governing body. Liaising with manufacturers and key universities, Purnell will identify the latest trends in vehicle technology on behalf of the FIA.
He will work closely with fellow technical consultant Peter Wright and Charlie Whiting, head of the FIAs Formula One technical department. Purnell's role is designed to assist the FIA in developing Formula One technologies that will improve racing on track and become road relevant.
I am delighted that Tony will be working with the FIA on this important new Formula One project, commented Max Mosley, FIA President. Everyone who has worked with Tony knows him to be one of the most pragmatic and technically astute minds in the sport.
Purnell boasts a strong academic and professional background in engineering and motorsport. After studying mechanical engineering at Manchester University, he won the Kennedy Scholarship at MIT where he completed his Masters Degree. His dissertation was on the subject of Formula One aerodynamics.
After researching wind tunnel analysis software at Cambridge University, Purnell founded Pi Research, which by the late 1990s was a highly successful global electronics business. Pi Research was bought by the Ford in 1999 and Purnell was appointed to head the motor company's premiere performance division, a position which led to spells as team principal at Jaguar and Red Bull Racing.