Multimatic’s Leena Gade is new President of the FIA’s GT Commission

Multimatic’s Leena Gade is new President of the FIA’s GT Commission

Multimatic’s Vehicle Dynamics Centre Manager & Race Engineer, Leena Gade, has been named as the new President of the FIA’s GT Commission.

The GT Commission, which is comprised of 17 members, is responsible for GT racing around the world and the GT3 category in particular. Gade takes over the Presidency from Christian Schacht who was the Commission President for the last 10 years. The 2022 GT3 technical regulations is the commission’s current focus.

Based at Multimatic Technical Centre Europe (MTCE), Gade is responsible for the Vehicle Dynamics Centre, focusing on the driver-in-the-loop simulator, which she is developing for motorsport and road car projects, a very busy 4-post rig that is known to be one of the best in the business and a new Kinematics & Compliance rig.

Gade is best known for scoring three outright Le Mans 24 Hours victories as a race engineer for Audi, taking top honours in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and also winning the 2012 FIA World Endurance Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships. Her engineering talents have been at the forefront of the Mazda DPi programme, where she engineered the #77 Mazda, the winning car at Mosport this year.

After earning an Aerospace Engineering Degree at the University of Manchester, Gade honed her craft at Jaguar Cars, during which time she also began to work in motorsport, first as a mechanic in Formula Vee, then as a data engineer in Formula BMW. She worked in many different formulae before joining Audi Sport in 2007, achieving much success at Le Mans and beyond before taking up a new role with Bentley Motorsport. She joined Multimatic in 2018.