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Initiator
Roman Weber completed his apprenticeship as a toolmaker in 1981 - 1985. After that he permanently continued his education. In 1988 the ambitious mechanical engineer founded his own company. First, he manufactured implants and orthopedic instruments, later he produced precision parts for Formula 1 and the German Touring Car Championship. Through his close contacts with the racing world, Roman Weber was able to recruit top-class specialists with years of experience in the automotive industry for his project. These specialists work as freelancers together with the existing team. They are an integral part of the team and consulted as the project changes, improves and develops. Here is an introduction and overview of the significantly involved individuals of a total of 31 development engineers, as well as design, brandwork and management specialists.:

Engineers
Jo Karasek is one of the most famous in motor sports engineers with an excellent reputation. His credits include the development of forty cars, all of which were produced. He worked for “Faster One” as a Senior Constructor and Consultant on all aspects of production. 
 
In his professional career Jo Karasek ran through the following stations:
1961 
graduation as a primary engineer in foundry and mining engineer from the Technical University in Vienna. 
1961-1971 
design engineer by Mac Manara for Formula 1 (collaboration with Colin Chapman).
He received the design award for the best
racing
 car of the year in Indianapolis. 
1973-1974 
sports car designer at KMW Porsche 
1975-1990 
sports car designer for different companies 
1991-2004 
consultant for Pankl, one of the largest suppliers
for Formula 1
 

Herbert is an experienced engineer who has extensive know-how in automotive racing. For “Faster One” he constructed the entire power train with suspension.
 
In his professional career Herbert Gruber ran through the
following stations:
1989 
completed a training program in metal construction 
1990-1992 
worked in production engineering in the automotive industry 
1993-1994 
worked in production engineering in the aviation and space industry 
1994-1995 
worked in production engineering for development and design: development of drive shafts made from titanium, aluminum and MMC (like Carbon) for motor racing 
1995-1996 
worked in the field of design & technical development: further development of a helicopter rear rotor axle from prototype to series production 
1996-1998 
responsible for the complete development of drive shafts 
1998-2002 
research and development: responsible for the production of transmission parts, supervised the design department for drive shafts, customer support and testing  
2002-2007
self-employed in the automotive and industrial design, development and FEM calculations; position as a technical director for the Austrian racing team Formula VW, racing engineer for Formula VW and Formula 3

Martin  completed his engineering degree (MSc) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and Lausanne. He also holds an MBA from the University of Zurich in Winterthur. He is still regularly employed at Weber Sportscar.
 
In his professional career Martin Hirt ran through the
following stations:
1994 - 1995
CDA Electronics: Developing of digital control systems and software for industrial applications
1995 - 1997
EAWAG: Organized PR events, international workshops and training courses, lecture assistant
for systems analysis and practical physics for the students of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH); climatology: reconstruction of annual temperature averag 
1997-2003
Sauber-Petronas Formula 1, head of Department Engineer Research and Development 
1998
test engineer, testing and racing
1999 & 2000
Seasons: head of Department “Control Systems” 
2011 & 2002
Seasons: system engineer R&D Department “Advanced Development” 
2003-2005 
Contraves Space AG, project marketing consultant, project manager for space mechanisms and instruments 
2005
to present: Weber Sportcars: automotive development engineer responsible for the overall development of innovative vehicle and vehicle systems technology from concept to implementation into a prototype; coordination of external development partners and sub-contractors 

Rolf  worked for two years as a head of the assembly hangar at Weber Sportcars. He is a master toolmaker and completed his engineering degree at the University of Ulm, Germany.
 
In his professional career Rolf ran through the
following stations: 
 
1987-1990
Tessy, New York
Co-Director of tool manufacturing devision
1990-1998
Westminster Motors, Moscow
Technical director: responsible for construction and management of the tool manufacturing division, CEO division Vehicle Controlling for general representations of Lamborghini, Maserati, Land and Range Rover
1999-2001
Merz-Roller St. Margrethen 
Constructing engineer in the development
2001
Hermann Forster AG
Head of fixed length division 
2001-2003
Gazprom, Moscow
Assisted in constructing / development (general engineering); training of new employees at the CAD UG18 and on machine tools with CNC Programming
2003-2006
Constructing engineer for NOx systems in China 
2006
Temporary constructing engineer  in development and production design
2006-2007 
Konvekta AG, St. Gallen
Production planning, construction of treatment machines, mounting of components for heat recovery
2007-2008 
Weber Sportcars
Head of the Assembly Hangar

Thomas contributed numerous construction improvements for the “Faster One”. He was also a test driver.
 
In his professional career Thomas ran through the
following stations:
1996-1998
OBRIST Engineering
3D construction of mechanical loaders, air supply units for fuel cell vehicles, variable valve timing for 1000 cc motorcycle engine, vehicle air conditioners, final assembly of engineered compressors and air supply units, managed final production details with customers such as DaimlerChrysler dbb fuelcell, Rotax, Audi and LuK transmission systems.
1999-2002
PANKL Racing Systems
CAD design with IDEAS from engine and drive train components for motor racing and series-production vehicles Design detailing and creation of 2D drawings
Independent conduct of customer projects
2002-2008
BMW Motorsport F1 Team
Construction specialist in the advanced development of the crank mechanism for racing engines in the 2002 -2004 seasons team manager for the P87 base engine
(including run-time optimization and performance development)
One of the team leaders responsible for
the P87 basic engine components
2005-2008
Weber Sportcars
Responsible for the complete design and construction of the vehicle Technical responsibilityfor the entire project
Supplier selection and purchasing of all major components for power train and chassis 
1998-1999
OBRIST Engineering
3D design of housings for mechanical loaders, air supply units for fuel cell vehicles, hysteresis wet
start for CVT gearbox
Final assembly of engineered compressors and air supply units
Realization of final detail planning directly with
customers: DaimlerChrysler dbb fuel cell, Audi and LuK transmission systems.
1999-2005
AVL List
CAD construction in Pro / E and Unigraphics 
Design and series construction in development projects
of internal combustion engines for passenger and utility vehicle applications
Responsible for independent execution of client projects as construction person in charge
2005-2008
KTM Sportmotorcycle AG
Performance development of one-and two-cylinder motorcycle engines for series and motor sport. Applications cycle and gas exchange simulation with AVL Boost Construction from “Flow Box” construction for the stream test analysis of benchmark motors

Andreas  is an electrical engineer who worked for 14 years with a major Formula 1 team. He oversees the electronic department. Since 2005 he has constructed the ECU of the “Faster One” as well as the entire electronic system.

Fridolin  is an electrical engineer who worked for 10 years with a major Formula 1 team. He worked for WEBER SPORTCARS from 2005 to 2007 and helped in the development of the electronics system. He has returned to a Formula 1 team, and now works on aerodynamic performance, analyzing wind tunnel data.

Marthijn is a mechanical engineer. From 2005 to 2008 he co-developed most of the transmission and differentials. Today marthijn is working by a pump producer.

Pascal is a mechanical engineer. From 2005 to 2008 he helped develop the transmission and differentials.

Gerd is an engineer who has been working for a major Formula 1 team for 15 years, and is the head of the aerodynamics department. For nine months in 2005 he created and subsequently improved the aerodynamics.

Design
Richard Amiel is the design director and has been busy developing the new identity for Weber Sportcars for more than a year.  He grew up in New York, graduated from the Parsons School of Design as an Environment Designer. His artistry grew as he travelled through Asia and Europe. Since 1993 he is active in his own firm Rigami Design incorporated in Switzerland. He is specialized in product and industrial design and has won the Red Dot Design Award many times as well as the Volvo Sports Design Award.

Marketing  
Pino Zünd is a recognized specialist in marketing and communications in Eastern Switzerland. His Agency “Brandwork” 
is in Rheintal and the Principality of Liechtenstein at home.
It concentrates on developing and positioning of brands. The decision to provide specialized marketing services was made when there were very few marketing firms which understood the importance of building a brand. He has partnered with various industry leaders. Notably, he has worked with certain companies from initial concept and through the IPO up to the new dimension.

Management  
Patrick Hofmanninger graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a Law Degree. His first professional position was with the Building Department of the Canton St. Gallen. He then joined the Hänzi law firm, where his clients were mainly from the private enterprise. This commitment resulted in several interim management positions as a CEO or a Board of Directors Delegate in service and production companies. For many years he has had his own law firm in Rorschach and takes on cases which draw on his broad knowledge of management and Law alike.

The mechanic team of weber sportcars together with Roman Weber on an excursion in the Swiss Alps. In the start of the longest toboggan run of the world with a total length of more than 3 Kms. The battle was driven with more than 3 G-Forces in the curves. From left: Stefan, Michael, Roman Weber and Thomas.

   
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