ABOUT TERTRE ROUGE
Tertre Rouge Racing is owned and operated by Mark Sparrow.
ABOUT MARK SPARROW
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Mark Sparrow is a Senior Engineer with more than 25 years of engineering experience in aerospace and defence for some of Europe’s highest-profile companies.
Mark started his career in 1997 as an apprentice at a high-precision toolmaking company, eventually working his way up to full toolmaker. Mark learned all aspects of extremely high precision (0.001mm typical) injection mould & press toolmaking and contract machining and worked on CNC mills and lathes to create tools for companies such as Williams F1, BAE Systems, Servomex and Pandect Precision, among many others.
Mark credits his experience in toolmaking as being massively helpful for his engineering career, as this knowledge gives him a unique end-to-end insight.
Mark's qualifications & experience
Since 2006, Mark has led many projects in Space, Defence and Aerospace engineering. Mark's career highlights include:
-Redesigning a general service troop carrier to become a missile launcher.
-Designed a tank turret to be retrofitted to a platform designed for Operation Panther's Claw in Afghanistan
-Designed military vehicle armour systems for immediate deployment in Afghanistan
-Design of test, transit and manufacturing equipment and flight hardware for Bepi Colombo, an interplanetary mission to the planet Mercury using Ion engines.
-Mechanical lead for the Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) phase of the 30-satellite European GPS program
-Mechanical Ground Handling Systems (MGSE) Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Ground Systems Lead Engineer for Airbus' Zephyr programme.
- Head of Aerostructures at Prismatic, designing a carbon fibre airframe.
The Build So Far
THE DESIGN IS STARTED
I started the design from scratch in 2008. A lot has happened since then, just maybe not on the race car itself! Despite the extended amount of time from the start of the design to the actual build, an outcounted number of hours have gone into my race car project since the beginning.
2019 was the year when it all went from a computer design to a physical thing in real life. It all became real when the chassis was delivered. It was a long time coming and this was the biggest and most expensive part purchased to date. It also meant that I could stop working full-time and make a start actually building the race car I had been planning for so long.