Race Car specialist, Ton Serné, guest lecturer at UHS2021
By event manager, Anton Schulz
Ton Serné is a race car performance engineer who has been involved in several race car activities over a number of decades.
Already in the late 70ies he was involved as mechanic / engineer in Formula Ford 1600, Formula Ford 2000, Formula 3 and even briefly on the Ensign Formula 1 of Gijs van Lennep.
In the period 1983-1985 he was an active race driver of course with a lot of interest in the handling of his own Formula Ford. Being able to experiment a lot with set-ups to test theory against practice.
From 1985 to 1987 Ton Serné was team manager for the Bross Formula 3 Team which became the winner of the European EFDA F3 title.
After that period he was country manager Network Division for HP Benelux, and since 2012 he as a freelancer became owner of the workshop ’Magic Numbers of Race Cars’ as well as a free lance teacher at two Dutch Automotive universities: HAN for their International Masters Motorsport, and Fontys for their Bachelor Minor Motorsport Engineering.
Since 2015 he has played a central role in the development of the Cobra GT as the CTO for AC Cobra Motorsport whilst he also acts as a free lance engineer for several racing teams.
Ton Serné the author
Together with his co-author Ralph Pütz, Prof Dr at the Fachhochschule Landshut (Bavaria, Germany) Ton Serné has written the book ’Rennwagentechnik - Praxislehrgang Fahrdynamik’ which is a very practical book for drivers and their engineers to get the best performance out of the handling of their racingcar.
The book was released in August 2017, and is in German language. The enhanced English version will be titled ‘Race Car Handling Optimization’, and will be available from the autumn of 2021.