About Us

Currently located in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong, RP Motorsport Developments was started in June 2004 supplying  a variety of motorsport services to professional race teams, organizations, car manufacturers and individual motorsport competitors. 

The owner, Rob Palermo has had extensive experience working as a Mechanic and Race/Data Engineer in local and international events since 1991.  Starting at the age of 17, Rob bought his first Formula Vee to learn the tricks of the trade before becoming involved with BAE Racing assisting his life long friend Tom Brickley with his workshop.

Further work experience volunteering with Phil Ward Racing eventually led to a full time position with Neil Lowe at Ross Palmer Motorsport for a 2 year period in the 2-litre Touring Car Championship and GT Championship.

With Australian motorsport still in its' infancy for career prospects in 1997, Rob packed his bags and ventured overseas for a 5-year stint becoming involved with David Price Racing supporting the factory-backed Panoz Race Cars in the FIA GT Championship for two years and with BMW-Williams for one.  This then led him to a full time stint in Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix for the following two years in the hydraulics department which introduced him to his speciality field of shock dyno testing and development. 

On his return to Australia in 2001, Garry Rogers Motorsport became his home race-engineering Garth Tander, Jason Bargwanna and Jamie Whincup in V8 Supercars and the Bathurst 24-hour winning Monaros.

Rob continued his association with Whincup to race engineer him in 2005 at Tasman Motorsport before eventually deciding to become a contractor/consultant to the industry on a full time basis at the end of 2006.  This period led Rob to become involved in Formula Ford, Sports Sedans, Production Cars and Targa Rally events.

In 2012 Kelly Racing engaged the services of RP Motorsport Developments to start there DVS Team and eventually led Rob to the position of Team Manager/Crew Chief for the Norton-Nissan factory supported team in 2013.  Further positions evolved during the next 4 years within the team.

​At the start of 2016, RP Motorsport Developments stepped into the Australian GT Championship supporting the Audi Sport Customer Racing Group to 1st place at the Bathurst 12-Hour in the A/A class with further podiums during the year.

​For 2018, RP Motorsport Developments has returned to the Supercar Championship field with Rob engineering Will Davison in the 23 Red Racing Falcon.

RP Motorsport Developments continues to assist Team Tamasi, Garage1, Cascone Autosport and many other National and State Level motorsport competitors in various categories.

​As motorsport technology continues to grow, the company also continues to expand its knowledge by attending various engineering programs and motorsport seminars so the very best information can be supplied to its customers.​​