Mike Coughlan

© Williams, 12 July 2011

© Williams
Technical Director, Williams
Nationality : British
Date of Birth : 17th February, 1959

After studying mechanical engineering at Brunel University, Mike Coughlan’s first job in motor racing came in 1981 with Tiga Cars, who were involved in various junior formulas.

In 1984 he joined the Lotus F1 team and became part of the design group behind their 1985 championship entry, the Lotus-Renault 97T in which Ayrton Senna won his first Grand Prix. The Lotus-Renault 98T followed in which Senna won two races in 1986 and then two more in 1987 in the Lotus-Renault 99T.

At the end of 1990, Coughlan briefly joined Benetton’s advanced research group as chief designer of the B191, before moving to Tyrrell to co-design the Ilmor-powered Tyrrell 020B.

In 1992 he joined Ferrari’s design and development operation as head of R&D, before moving to Arrows in the summer of 1997 to work as deputy technical director. He was promoted to technical director in 1999 and led the design team until 2002, when he was asked to join McLaren and worked as chief designer for the team between 2002 and 2007.

Coughlan had a brief stint working for Stefan Grand Prix in late 2009 while the Serbian team tried to put together an entry for Formula 1 and in the same year he moved to America to help design the Ocelot tactical vehicle for Force Protection.

Coughlan was then appointed director of vehicle design for NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing, before joining Williams as chief engineer in June 2011. He was appointed technical director of Williams in October of the same year.


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