In the first of our “Meet the BPS team” features, we talk to Simon Lock. Simon is the company’s secret weapon when it comes to all things electronics, code and modelling.
How did you come to work at BPS?
I became interested in Driver-in-the-Loop simulation after using various bits of DIL data for Formula E modelling in my previous job. I went to Oxford Brookes University to study engineering, and then worked for a couple of Formula One teams. I then became involved in Formula E for their inaugural season. The cars are obviously very different to F1, and the nature of the one day events was a real challenge, but an experience I enjoyed a lot.
What does a typical day at BPS entail for you?
A bit of everything! One minute I could be building up some electronics boxes for a new build, then I’m code writing, and modelling. Sometimes to develop our own solutions for customer hardware, and sometimes working with rental customers “live” to help them develop their car models. Whatever is top of the to do list really.
What do you think makes BPS different to other companies?
You get to work with your mates. There is a really good atmosphere at BPS. We’re a small team and we’re permanently busy, but we always make sure we have to time to sit down on a Friday lunchtime and have fish and chips together. Everyone has worked in different parts of racing before this, so we all have the same attitude to life, but have different experiences. It makes for some good story telling!
What is the best day you’ve had at BPS?
The end of our first motion platform tuning day, just a couple of months back. It was amazing how far it came in a few hours. After more than a month’s worth of building work, designing and making the interface for the chassis, and then coding the communication between our simulator and the motion platform, everything just came together.
What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I like to get outdoors as much as possible. Running, biking, swimming, triathlons, mountain climbing. Preferably up in Cumbria for the mega scenery.
What is the one piece of advice you’d give to your 15 year old self?
Don’t be scared to cock stuff up!
Quick fire round
Tea or coffee?
Coffee all the way.
Single-seater or GT?
Single-seater, as it is closest to a motorbike!
Laguna Seca or Oulton Park.
Formula E test car – although it can be my least favourite as well.
Favourite workshop radio station?