Managing Director, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Following a year out from his Mechanical Engineering degree spent on the Reynard Scholarship Scheme, Andy Cowell’s career path was set. He joined Cosworth Racing straight from university on their graduate scheme – rotating through the company’s technical departments before specialising in the design and development of Formula One engines.By 1999, Andy was leading the engineering project group responsible for the top end of the innovative CK engine; as raced by Stewart-Ford in 1999.
After a year spent with BMW Motorsport, where he managed the engineering group responsible for the concept and detail of the 2001 engine used by Williams BMW, Andy returned to Cosworth as Principal Engineer for Formula One design and development – managing the new engine projects in 2001 and 2004.
Andy joined the company then known as Mercedes-Ilmor in 2005 as Principal Engineer for the FQ V10 engine project, which delivered the most race wins of any manufacturer that season. He was then Chief Engineer on the V8 engine project, before taking on responsibility for the technical and programme leadership of all engine projects – including the KERS Hybrid which made its race debut in 2009.
Andy was Engineering and Programme Director for Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines from July 2008 to January 2013, responsible for technical and programme leadership of all engine and powertrain projects, plus the strategy and organisation of the engineering group. Since 1 January 2013, Andy has been Managing Director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains.