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About this course:
This course is designed to give you a solid grounding in Race Car Aerodynamics. After taking this course you should be well versed in:
- how aerodynamics affects a racecar
- how it can make it faster around the track
- what features you can implement on your own vehicles
- how to tune an existing racecars features
- the tools used to design a racecar
This course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in working in motorsport or who are currently working as a data engineer/designer/race engineer/aerodynamicist. (I was an Aerodynamicist for Williams F1 and have an MSc in Race Car Aerodynamics from the University of Southampton).
We are available if you have any questions during the course. Just email us.
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What you (think you) know already…
History of Aerodynamics and Racecars
Find out how it all happened, why you cant use a fan car, and why it is becoming the dominant area of development in many categories.
Downforce directly affects the vehicles grip level (and also the drag force). It can make you faster, but not always as you’ll find out…
Learn about the types of drag and why it is important to minimise drag at ALL times, unless it results in lower lap times. What you ask? There is a limit. It is all about balancing the lift/drag ratio and taking the vehicles power into consideration.
Aero is all about the tyres? What!
Low Speed Aerodynamics
Low Speed Aero specific – vehicles on a racetrack ARE NOT sound barrier breaking aircraft.
Balance and Racecars
The most important aspect of a racecar. A car that is balanced correctly allow a driver to explore the limits of the vehicle’s performance.
Wings and Endplates
How Single and Multi Element wings work, why endplates are needed on a racecar and the different wing mounting types that can be used.
Splitters and Front End Package
Why a front splitter is crucial to getting the right balance on your racecar and how it works as a part of the front end package.
Canards and Sideskirts
Not the most efficient item, but they do have their place. Generate masses of front downforce with these simple devices.
These act like large vortex generators and generate additional front downforce in the underfloor.
Add momentum to the boundary layer to delay separation, or create large scale vortices to put the flow where you want it for maximum effect.
Overview of bodywork details that should not be overlooked. Tips and tricks for minimising drag.
Drag reduction techniques
Key things to note to reduce the drag of your vehicle, plus some interesting methods that are used in various applications.
How wind tunnels work and why they are so heavily used in the higher levels of motorsport.
Formulas for Race Engineers
Commonly used formulas
Math functions that you can use in your data analysis software or simulation packages.
How aeromaps are derived and how they are used to understand a vehicles performance over a range of conditions.
Often overlooked, how to determine if a new component is actually better than what you already have available to you in your settings.