This is Hans Wilmink, Principal Engineer Aerodynamics at Toyota Motorsport GmbH.
Hans has been working at TMG since the days of the legendary GT-One (TS020) Le Mans car right up the team’s world title success in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the TS040 HYBRID.
Le Mans is his passion and his work is geared towards finding the crucial aero developments that will ensure the team remains at the forefront of endurance racing.
Name: Hans Wilmink
Working at TMG since 1997
Hans, what is your role at TMG?
Currently I’m a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) engineer in our aero department, which basically means that it is my task to find aero performance on the car. I have to see if we can find aero gains by using the CFD tools we have at our disposal. It’s our job to find gains either through the designs to the actual running of the cars. The bulk of the work really is geared to the Le Mans 24 Hours.
What does it mean to you to work here at TMG?
Basically since my childhood I have actually dreamt of building racing cars so being able to land the job here was like a dream come true.
What projects are your most proud of at TMG?
I think the proudest single day was actually when we rolled out the first car that I worked on – the GT-One. That was really that day that my dream to build racing cars came true.
How would you describe your work in three words?
I think the main thing is passion; we love to race. Teamwork - we have to do it as a team and I think it’s high-tech. We have so many tools here it’s a great place to work.
What does engineering mean to you?
What engineering means to me is being creative so that you can actually fix some problems that you see on the car to find better ways of doing what we are currently. It’s never finished; there’s always something that can be done better and it is our job to find these gains.
What is your favourite project you have worked on here at TMG?
There is for me no such thing as a favourite project. I have got a particular favourite race and that is the Le Mans 24 Hours.
What is the most exciting thing about working here at TMG?
The most exciting thing about working here, I think, is that basically during the week every day we push very hard to find gains on the car to make the car go faster. To see it compete on race day, I think that is really cool and if you go out to race to win it’s a great feeling - I think that is what we all do it for.