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John Russell

john russellBorn in Oxford, UK in 1960, John trained and worked at the government run UK Atomic Energy Research (UKAEA) facility at Harwell Oxfordshire UK. He has held various design / technician engineering roles involved in projects on research reactor cooling systems , remote toxic material handling manipulators, commercial applications for nuclear detector equipment searching for deep sub-oceanic mineral resources, design of “ Ion implantation” surface hardening machinery, and designing IV medical infusion equipment (the blue IV pumps you see in every medical drama series!)

John joined the Williams Grand Prix team as a design engineer in 1989, becoming a Race Engineer for the 1991 – 1994 F1 seasons. He then moved to be Chief Engineer for the new Williams/Renault BTCC touring car team (1995-1997).

Following the dominant 1997 BTCC campaign, John moved to across to the role of Chief Engineer of Williams Motorsport designing and building the BMW LMP1 Le-Mans project (1998-2000), with outright victory at the Le-Mans 24Hrs in 1999 and many race victories in the 1999/2000 ALMS series.

Following three years as Chief Designer at Jaguar F1, John relocated to Melbourne Australia in the role of Chief Engineer at the inception of Ford Performance Racing (FPR) team for the 2003 V8 Supercars championship. Following a six month spell at Brad Jones Racing (BJR) he returned to the UK in October 2006 to rejoin Williams F1 as their Principle Systems and Reliability Engineer in the 2007-10 F1 race seasons.

John came back to Australia to join Triple Eight Race Engineering as Director of Engineering and Production in January 2011. As well as providing solutions and strategy for technical and process development, John oversaw the development and simultaneous construction of the seven Triple Eight built Car of the Future cars for the start of the 2013 season. John also ran the Development series car for Triple Eight with Andrew Thompson taking the title in 2011.

With a down turn in the V8SC’s revenue in 2013 888’s customer and manufacturing capacity was trimmed accordingly and John took the opportunity to realize his ambition to set up his own engineering and development company, Prodigy Performance Engineering Pty Ltd in 2014.

While still providing engineering consultation to Triple Eight in 2014, John established PPE as his freelance race engineering company while also establishing Genesis RXD with two former colleagues. Genesis RXD was set up to provide the platform to design and build a unique road vehicle called the “Liberator “to provide far greater autonomy to paraplegic individuals via some novel engineering solution. PPE has taken charge of both those projects in 2015 until the appropriate investment can be found to exploit their undoubted potential.

Interesting, challenging and exciting times ahead!