Professor of Engines and Energy Systems at the University of Bath
James Turner has a Master of Engineering degree from City University London and a Ph.D. from Loughborough University. He is a specialist in the field of spark-ignition combustion, pressure charging systems, alcohol fuels and engine/fuel interactions.
He has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of internal combustion engines, and has published or co-authored 100 papers and book chapters in the field. He spent over 21 years working at Lotus Engineering, latterly being Chief Engineer for Powertrain Research, in which role he worked on many novel engine, transmission and fuel concepts.
In addition to his areas of specialisation, his other main area of interest is renewable energy and its application to the transport sector, with particular emphasis on the use of and possibilities afforded by alcohol fuels. The synergies between pressure-charged engines and such fuels are of great interest to him, having originated in his previous work on the performance development of methanol-burning IndyCar engines.
In addition to working at Lotus Engineering, he has worked at Norton Motorcycles, Cosworth Racing and Jaguar Land Rover.