BMW ORACLE Racing / VPLP ‘DoG 90’ Project management – Mark Tuner / Tim Smyth
Constructed – Core Builders, Anacortes, WA, USA 2009
Jon was a full-time member of the shore crew with BMW Oracle Racing from 2003 until 2010 and experienced a very demanding, but equally rewarding session with the team. A highlight of the 2010 challenge was to be heavily involved with the transformation from manual to powered systems.
Jon constructed a four metre full-scale mock-up of the central hull. Constructed at the Cariboni hydraulics facility in Italy, the mock-up featured hand built fuel system, cooling system & exhaust components. The ‘hull’ was fully insulated for heat retention before the tuned BMW diesel engine was fitted by BMW Motorsport engineers. A full load & cooling system testing session was followed by manufacture of parts in composite materials and everything then positioned into USA17. The rest is history…