I have been part of Forze Hydrogen Racing for almost two years. Having been both on the practice and the managerial side of the team has taught me a lot about design processes and working with different kinds of people. It also made me realize I don't want to be a car designer: helping the people around me turned out to be even more fulfilling to me.
- year 2015-2017
- client Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing Team
- nature Team effort
- what I did Exterior Design and Production (1 year part time), Technical Manager (1 year full time)
Racing has always made the most of human capability and technology. The creation of stories, sometimes even legends. The rawness of the experience. However, the state of the world begs us to ask if fossil fuel racing can stay? Hydrogen seems to be a promising alternative.
My work as Designer
I started off at Forze as exterior designer, working on the line and sculpture of the car and later also the graphics and headlight modules. I also gained experience in the production team through preparation of molds, doing carbon layups and helping in final assembly.
VISION FOR THE CAR Make hydrogen technology fascinating by presenting it as a calmer, smarter alternive to legacy race cars.
My work as "Team Daddy"
My second year saw me as Technical Manager, facilitator to the team's performance. Being akin to a Scrum Master, I hosted daily standups and kept track of the team's progress and well being. I made tools to organise planning and progress and hosted review meetings together with an external consultant.
VISION FOR MY ROLE Being the catalyst to a team that functions efficiently, effectively and warmly.
MY TEAM ABOUT ME "A little bit of Oscar is all you need to get back on track"
During these two years, I learned alot about what I like and don't like, what I'm good at and where I need to improve. But most importantly? I made ten friends for life.
Three things I've learned
- Engineers and designers think, talk, and care about different things.
- Sometimes you can get much more effective by doing things together. Two people think faster than one.
- You cannot motivate someone, you can merely create conditions that allow them to motivate themselves.