AeroMobil promotes Ian Clark to Head of Vehicle Development

Together with the dynamic growth of the AeroMobil team of experts from around the globe, the company is proud to announce the strengthening of its core engineering team from within the company itself. Ian Clark, who joined AeroMobil in December 2015, was promoted to Head of Vehicle Development.

Ian Clark brings to AeroMobil over 20 years of product testing, development and validation experience in a diverse range of professional areas.

Initially coming from a background as an expert in state-of-the-art road simulation facilities, where he worked closely with MTS Systems Corporation, Ian moved to GKN to develop their component and system testing capabilities.  Ian brought new R&D test methodologies to the Arrows Formula 1 team, examples of which are now standard across other current Formula 1 teams.

Moving to McLaren Automotive in 2001, Ian played a key role in the test and development activities for the Mercedes SLR McLaren and subsequently led the vehicle development team through the creation of the Roadster, 722 Edition and Stirling Moss variants of the SLR.  After defining the development and validation programmes for what would later become the McLaren MP4-12C, P1 and 570S, Ian moved to Prodrive to take responsibility for the reliability development of new transmission and hydraulic systems for the 2008 Subaru World Rally Car.

Following the withdrawal of Subaru from the World Rally Championship, Ian became part of a small team delivering a novel concentrating photovoltaic electricity generation product to market.  Later combining this and all of his previous experiences, Ian assumed the role of Project Manager for Williams Hybrid Power taking technical and operational responsibility for the delivery of energy storage systems to Porsche, Audi and Alstom Transport.  A significant highlight was contributing to Audi’s overall victory in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour motor race in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Ian joins AeroMobil from his most recent role at McLaren GT. As Special Projects Engineering Manager at McLaren GT, he managed the development of the McLaren P1 GTR hybrid supercar and the delivery of critical new components and systems.

Ian sees in AeroMobil a real chance to bring an inventive transport solution and further advanced technologies to the marketplace.  He is excited about the opportunity to demonstrate how credible automotive and aerospace processes can be applied, resulting in a high quality and a highly capable vehicle.

About AeroMobil

AeroMobil is a leader in mobility in three dimensions with a vision to liberate personal mobility from the ground and into the skies. AeroMobil develops the most flexible, capable and efficient range of personal aerial vehicles (PAVs) designed for door to door travel in intra and inter-urban environments, reducing congestion and emissions while increasing proximity and convenience for citizens, cities and society. 

AeroMobil is pioneering the development and commercialisation of flying cars, developing cutting edge technology to produce a range of vehicles for short take-off and landing (STOL) and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This includes electric propulsion systems, battery technology and control systems for piloted and autonomous flight for transportation on the ground and in the air to support short and longe range personal air travel with eVTOLs. 

AeroMobil adopts an iterative approach to the development of personal air transportation in line with technology readiness, legislation and market acceptance. We believe the future offers unbounded opportunity for air mobility at scale but requires a pragmatic and considered approach to ensure technology and solutions implemented are safe, reliable and effective through partnership and collaboration with regulators, governments and cities to realise the benefits of all. 

The first flying car from AeroMobil provides increased flexibility and versatility for the customer as it combines the best of automotive and aerospace technology into one vehicle while respecting the limits of current technology and the regulatory environment. It is the first step in our journey towards air Mobility-as-a-service (aMaaS) which will make personal transportation vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel over short and medium distances, and in areas with limited road or public transport infrastructure.

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