We teach race car builders the art of aerodynamics so they can build faster, more balanced race cars.
Module 1 – What you (think you) know already…
History of Aerodynamics and Racecars
How it Works
Module 2 – Aero is all about the tyres? What!
How tyres work
Module 3 – Aerodynamic Principles
Low Speed Aerodynamics – Racecars are not fighter jets!
Balance and Racecars
Module 4 – Aerodynamic Devices
Wings and Endplates
Module 5 – Understanding Vectors
Drag reduction techniques
Sum of all forces on a vehicle
Module 6 – Development Tools
CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)
Module 7 – Formulas for Race Engineers
Commonly Used Formulas
Module 8 – Where to from here
Who is this course for? Is it right for me?
This course is for anyone who wants or needs to learn more about Race Car Aerodynamics.
Current students are:
- Track Day Enthusiasts
- Owner / Builders
- Composites manufacturers (inc ex Formula One)
- Race Workshop owners and staff
- Race Engineers (including current and ex- V8 Supercar Race Engineers)
- Students (Formula SAE and Formula Student)
- Potential Formula One Aerodynamicists (we have current students applying for roles at various teams)
If you want to make your own car faster, or help a client make their car faster, then this will teach you how.
The course uses a lot of examples an analogies to give you a solid understanding of how the flow behaves around components on a racecar, how the fluid moves and how you can best make use of it. By removing the complex maths, you won’t be able to finish the course and write your own CFD Turbulence Models, but in reality, that’s not going to make you faster anyway. We want you to finish the course understanding how things work, why they work, and to be able to look at any racecar and be able to work out the design decisions and also spot flaws (you’ll love doing this!)
The courses are really a shortcut to understanding the concepts, the components, balance requirements, test methods and how it all should come together as a package.
If you have any questions, just ask us on the live chat or via email.
Why only online?
It is for your convenience. We moved to the UK and spent a small fortune learning this stuff. You will have the opportunity to learn in your own home or wherever you find an internet connection at your own pace. We have current students in the UK, NZ, Macau, Korea, USA, Canada to name a few!
We’ve considered running in person seminars but even if we had these in capital cities around the world you’ll pay more for flights and accommodation than you will for a course.
However, if you have a large group and require a seminar, or series of lectures, we can accommodate that (and have done it before!)
Can I buy more than one course?
Of course you can!
If you want multiple courses I’d suggest that you look at the VIP package. In the long run it will save you money as we add more and more courses in Race Engineering.
How long will the course take?
It will vary from person to person as you will be able to spend different amounts of time going through the lessons we’ve laid out. No longer than 8 weeks if you did one module per week.
When does my access expire?
We haven’t set a limit on this. The course will be available to you indefinitely.
How can I ask you a question before I purchase?
How can I pay? I see you bill in US Dollars.
You can pay by credit card from anywhere in the world using Stripe or Paypal. We bill in US Dollars.
Our complete site is HTTPS which means it is secure and all of our payments via credit card are through the secure Stripe payment gateway or Paypal. Stripe is one of the biggest payment gateways in the world right now and we’ve chosen to use them and Paypal for a host of reasons. Check out www.stripe.com or www.paypal.com if you have any concerns or contact us.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes you will! Certificates will be provided upon completion of the course.
You can use these to show employers that you are serious about personal development, or to show your customers that you care about them and that you’ve taken the initiative to make sure you can provide them with products that actually work!
Our courses are not certified by any external bodies or universities. They are independent private courses that are designed to teach you as much useful information as possible in a minimal timeframe so that you can then get out there and focus on getting results!
What are the "Presale" courses in CFD?
A presale is a sale that happens before the product exists.
Essentially you are offered a massive discount on the product as it is not yet completed, which is a win for you, and we are able to confirm that a particular course is going to be valuable to the community before we spend weeks/months creating something that nobody wants! It allows us to focus directly on the information that you want, so that we can make you faster!
We currently have two courses in Presale stage. Introduction to CFD and Practical CFD.
These are available individually or as part of the VIP package.
When will the "Presale" CFD courses be ready that are included in the VIP package?
The presale courses in CFD will be available later in 2018. Our focus is currently on the Race Car Aero course and we’ll follow closely with the others.
Please contact us if there is anything specific that you need prior to that.
I tried "aero" on my car and it didn't work.
Let me guess, you bolted a huge rear wing on.
Your artificially destroyed the balance of the car, and it probably understeered everywhere. Did you change your spring rates and dampers?
A lot goes into an aero package, and that’s what we will teach you.
The amount of money you lost selling those parts would have easily paid for a course and you would have had a faster car by now!
Why you need it…
This opportunity will be the best thing that you’ve ever done to boost your knowledge of vehicle performance. You’ll finally work out why when they added a rear wing the car understeered everywhere, or why their home made splitter didn’t give them the gains that everyone else talks about. They can’t just copy things unless they understand the flow behavior and how it works as a package! That’s when your car really transforms!
The course will give you a fundamental understanding of how your race car works and how aerodynamics has a huge effect on your vehicles performance. We go over the history of aerodynamics and details on suspension and tyres so that you understand how it works and why it affects a race car, and then we delve into the fundamentals of Low Speed Aerodynamics with a monster 45 minute presentation on how air flows around objects, what pressure gradients and vortices are, how wings work, and most importantly why a golf ball has dimples!
After this, you’ll have a solid understanding of the way air flows around objects and we then delve into the various components of a race car like splitters, diffusers, wings, bodywork etc before we round out the course with details of test methods and data logging tools and equations you can use to develop your own car even further.
Our aim is to really give you the ultimate resource for all things related to Race Car Aerodynamics and we’ll be available for questions throughout the course (and after) so that you have everything you need in one place. We are continuing to add examples and we’ll constantly be refining the course based on your questions and feedback so be aware that your one time purchase will actually provide a lifetime of knowledge and access!
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 race car
- how it can make it faster around the track
- what features you can implement on your own vehicles
- how to tune an existing race car’s features
- the tools used to design a race car
This course is designed for students, vehicle builders, weekend warriors and professionals with an interest in aerodynamics 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).
If you’ve ever needed to go faster, then this course is for you!