About this Course

Goal

Testing a car on track is one of the final stages of race car development. Track aerodynamicists are key players in executing aerodynamic tests and collecting aero data to improve car performance.

This course provides a deep insight into track aero tests and the toolset required.

Finally, students will learn and put into practice methods that trackside aerodynamicists use to collect and analyse aero data to improve car performance.

Upon successful course completion, each student will receive an official Motorsport Engineer certificate. All students are free to interact with the instructor, benefit from industry networking opportunities, professional recommendations and advice. 

Syllabus

  • Introduction to aerodynamic track testing in Formula 1
  • Objectives of an aero test
  • Instrumentation used in aero experiments
  • Aerodynamic data analysis
  • Case study: analysing different aerodynamic setups of a race car


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding in the topic of aerodynamic track testing and its objectives
  2. Demonstrate an ability to identify the most suitable instrumentation for aero data collection
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in the use of data analysis software to quantify aerodynamic performance
  4. Become familiar with the track side aerodynamicist role, and the common techniques used to analyse track data with the aim to improve overall car performance


This course is for you if...

  • you possess some degree of knowledge about fluid dynamics theory and principles
  • you are an engineering student who want to start a career the realm of F1 aerodynamics
  • you are a professional looking to learn about current trackside aerodynamic testing trends in F1

Course reviews

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A unique way of learning

Jaume Cruces

I have enjoyed this course very much. It is a unique way of learning since it is the only course I have found where you learn from an actual trackside aerody...

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I have enjoyed this course very much. It is a unique way of learning since it is the only course I have found where you learn from an actual trackside aerodynamicist, who knows by first hand all the work involved in this subject. I have especially liked the instrumentation and aero data analysis modules, which were very well explained with practical examples, as well as all the practical assessments where I could apply the knowledge acquired. I would have appreciated a bit more of explanation about how vortices are treated in these cars and ways to assess their impact in the aerodynamics of the car using CFD post processing tools.

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Understanding of Aerodynamics

Tejasvi Rastogi

This course not only help to understand trackside aerodynamics of any motor sport but also help me to understand some advanced concepts that I was unaware of...

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This course not only help to understand trackside aerodynamics of any motor sport but also help me to understand some advanced concepts that I was unaware of and how to analyze it.

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Exciting Aerodynamics course

Gerard Sabaté Arroyo

Brilliant course which covers all aspects of being a Trackside aero engineer as well as in-deep aerodynamic F1 concepts. It is recommended to have some aero...

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Brilliant course which covers all aspects of being a Trackside aero engineer as well as in-deep aerodynamic F1 concepts. It is recommended to have some aero background to follow properly the course. I especially enjoyed the hands-on and challenging assignments and surprised by the fast feedback from Xavier. Not every day you get feedback from an F1 Aerodynamicist! Thank you Xavier!

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Your Course Instructor

Xavier Ballesta

 Senior Aerodynamicist at Williams F1

Xavier currently works as a Senior Aerodynamicist at Williams Racing Team developing aerodynamic components through CFD, wind tunnel and track testing activities.

With a Bachelor in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from UPC Barcelona Tech, Xavier started his professional career in 2007 with a short stint at Seat Sport developing the aerodynamics of WTCC Seat Leon. He later joined engineering and testing firm IDIADA, where he was involved in car aerodynamics for several automotive projects as a CFD engineer for 4 years.

In summer 2012, Xavier moved to the United Kingdom to pursue his dream of working in Formula 1. He worked at Marussia F1 Team as an aerodynamicist for over 2 years, before joining Williams F1 in 2014, the team he currently works for.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    #MotorsportTalks

  • 2

    Welcome to the course!

    • Message from the instructor

    • My professional background

    • Structure of the course

  • 3

    Track testing in a Formula 1 season

    • Introduction to F1 official testing

    • Understanding Aero Parts Catalogue

    • Download Aero Parts Catalogue Documentation

  • 4

    Objectives of a track test

    • Integrity

    • Correlation

    • Performance Items

    • Aero setup

  • 5

    Case study of an aero track test

    • Aero track test examples

    • Download Aero Test Run List Documentation

    • The challenges

    • Case Study - Design your own test plan

    • Assignment: FP1 Run List (Part I)

    • Design your own test list (Part II)

  • 6

    Instrumentation

    • Static pressure sensors 

    • Suspension load sensors, Pitot tubes and Aero Rakes

    • Boundary layer visualisation -  flow vis / wool tufts

    • Thermal sensors and Aeroelasticity

    • Download Instrumentation Documentation

  • 7

    Aero data

    • Static Pressure

    • Flow Visualisation

    • Rake data and Total Pressure

    • Aeromaps

    • Big data & AI

  • 8

    Conclusions

    • Track testing objectives

    • Summary of challenges

    • Summary of tools and data

  • 9

    Assignment

    • Aero data analysis applied

    • Assignment Intro and MoTeC Guide

    • Final Assignment

    • Data analysis questionnaire

  • 10

    Bonus module

    • How to become a Trackside Aerodynamicist

  • 11

    Further Reading

    • Recommended Bibliography

    • References

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Do you have any questions?

Should you have any questions regarding this course please email us at info@motorsportengineer.net and we will be very pleased to assist you.

This course is currently available on pre-launch offer!

The course will be released on June 30th 2020 and price will increase to 499.95€

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