A chance meeting with Eric Blandin, Chief Aerodynamicist at the Mercedes F1 Team, when Johnny was touring the Brackley factory kick-started the project for Applied Science.
“Eric was immediately interested and supportive,” Johnny explains. “Within days, he had spoken to the team’s Applied Science division and assembled an interested group of amazing engineers to build carbon fibre boots, a heightened axle for larger wheels with custom made hubs, ceramic bearings and optional Camber adjustment.
“The team’s Applied Science engineers were always just an email away and I couldn’t have wished for a better team in my corner.”
Graham Miller, Director of Applied Science at Mercedes F1 said: “We are delighted and very proud to have been able to help Johnny on his route to success in the Cybathlon 2020. Our Applied Science Division was set up earlier this year to use our vast engineering knowledge and resources to help deliver innovative technical solutions to businesses and individuals.
“Working with Johnny has been both rewarding and a real technical challenge for our team, applying their F1 knowledge to new areas. His spirit, commitment and dedication to helping others are fantastic, and everyone at Mercedes F1 hopes Johnny has a great race.”
Johnny’s race will be broadcast on Friday 13th November at 5pm GMT and can be viewed here. And to support Johnny’s quest to speed the progress of Spinal Stimulation Research Programme, click here.