The IET – Electric Road Race Commission

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is the largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institution in the world. It is from their membership that MotoE has drawn its technical advisory board and rules making body.

MotoE is very privileged to be working with experts from the IET membership to deliver excellence from our technical rules and technical inspections at the track to mentorship for new electric racing teams. The multi disciplined technical advisory b oard provide an invaluable resource to the championship.

The panel is independent to the series and acts as safety officers as well as adjudicators to all the races. Our core panel members have been instrumental to writing the electric race rulebook in 2008 that became the industry standard.

“The IET Automotive & Road Transport Technical Professional Network are keen to support the MotoE Racing series as it aligns to one of their key hot topics on ‘Electrification in Motorsports’.  They are delighted to be in a position to be able to support the series which provides an environment for teams to demonstrate innovative and creative solutions.  The TPN have agreed to engage once again with the series and will be providing an award for the most innovative university team participating in the 2017 season.”

Deborah-Claire McKenzie, Community Manager


Peter Conboy, BSc ARCS MIET

Peter graduated with a Physics degree from Imperial College – London, before deciding to join the real world as an electronics engineer. He then followed a varied career designing electronics controls, power convertors, and various bits of military hardware, before finding himself in Motorsport in 2001.

From 2001 at Pi Research he worked on the  ECU used as part of the Cosworth engine package in Formula One, and various other ECUs and Electronics used in anything from kart racing, through touring cars, NASCAR, Indycar (CART & IRL), to World Rally.

By 2008 he was Honda Racing’s electronics engineer, responsible for all aspects of the cars electronics; and designed the “flappy Paddle” steering wheel for the car that became BGP001, winning the FIA Formula One Constructors Championship in 2009 as part of Brawn GP – 8 wins.  

By 2010 he was working on the engine side at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. Working on KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) he designed all its internal power conversion for the 2011 season – 6 Wins; and for 2012/2013 he re-engineered the remainder of the KERS control electronics – 100% reliability – acknowledged class of the field – 8 wins 2012 – 3 wins 2013. For 2014 and beyond, he is part of the team that designed and built the Mercedes F1 V6 turbo hybrid currently being raced by Mercedes GP, Williams F1, Force India, and Mclaren.

Peter is married to Sarah has two kids and lives near Cambridge.

Prof Pat Wheeler

Prof Pat Wheeler has been with the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at the University of Nottingham, UK for over 20 years.  He is Director of the University of Nottingham Institute for Aerospace Technology; Deputy Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Controls Research Group and Director of the Clean Sky JTI Project at the University of Nottingham.

He is a Fellow of the IET and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has been a member of the Executive Council of the European Power Electronics Association (EPE) since 2008.

Since 2010 he has been a IEEE Power Electronics Society “Member at Large” and Distinguished lecturer.

He was a founding member of the IET’s technical team for TTXGP. His research and teaching interests include power conversion for industrial, transport, aerospace and energy applications.

Peter graduated with a Physics degree from Imperial College – London, before deciding to join the real world as an electronics engineer. He then followed a varied career designing electronics controls, power convertors, and various bits of military hardware, before finding himself in Motorsport in 2001.

Pete James

Chairman of the IET Automotive And Road Transport Systems Network, Pete James has been involved in advising electric racing since it all began in 2008.

Pete’s career has been varied, spending many years in the Automotive industry designing electronics for Lucas Automotive and then Prodrive Ltd (amongst others). He has created uninterruptable power supplies, designed SuperCapacitor banks that can power a light commercial vehicle up to 60mph, worked on many unique motorsport electronics to give Prodrive’s team the edge.

When he’s not designing electronics and writing software, Pete runs the sound and lighting at a local dramatics society. When they were struggling to find software to queue audio samples, Pete wrote his own. He’s also recently graduated for the second time and is now a Doctor.

Peter Smout

Peter has gained more than 35 years in the Aerospace industry since graduating from Swansea University.  Peter currently works as a Senior Technical Specialist for the Controls and Data Services Division of Rolls Royce Aero Engines.

He has worked on many different programmes including some of the high power electric flight control actuation systems used on Airbus A380 aircraft and engine control electronics for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Peter was previously one of the members IET Technical Panel that worked closely with TTXGP in developing the original rules that govern the sport today and is delighted to join the MotoE IET technical panel supporting