Automotive control strategies at a high technology level are the common thread of Peter’s career. He contributed in numerous areas, from alternative fuels (LPG, CNG) to engine management systems for Rolls Royce and Bentley and ultimately the pinnacle of motorsport – Formula 1.
“Always looking for technical challenges, I worked at the Renault F1 team, first in the test team developing control strategies, and eventually in the race team applying these race winning strategies.
I was responsible for the chassis control systems of Fernando Alonso’s car at all race events during the 2006 season, which resulted in winning the world championship.
Before that, I led the project of developing an LPG system, Liquid Propane injection (LPi), for truck and bus applications. This system is currently in production with Vialle in the Netherlands. LPi is still world leading technology and is introduced into the Australian market by Orbital.
At Zytek, I led the systems development team on the Belt Alternator Starter (BAS) hybrid truck development program for General Motor. This system demonstrated a 4.2% fuel economy advantage.”
In 2007, Peter moved to Australia and shortly after set up his own company WINGMATE Controls. Peter holds a Master Degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven and is a Professional Engineer at the Institute of Engineers Australia. He provides guest lectures at the University of Eindhoven, on the subject of Control Systems in Formula 1 as part of the Mechanical Engineering Master Degree course.