Aerodynamics Design in F1 - Bodywork Design

Learn how to design a Bodywork of a Formula 1 car

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth look at CAD design and its critical importance in the development of a Formula 1 race car. You’ll have the opportunity to explore lesser-known aspects of the role, as well as the intricate design considerations for complex components. A unique feature of this course is the chance to receive industry-level guidance in designing a Bodywork surface using the CATIA CAD package.

Led by Martin Buchan, you will witness the design of a Formula 1 bodywork from scratch and explore different design variants aimed at achieving various aerodynamic goals.

About this course
  • 27 Lessons
  • Approximate time to complete course: 9 hours

Aerodynamics Design in F1 -
Bodywork Design

Self-Paced Course
  • Lifetime Access to course materials
  • Ask questions and get feedback from the instructor
  • Earn an industry-recognised course certificate
  • Learn at your own pace & watch lessons in any order
  • Quizzes and a final ssignment included

What You'll Learn

  • Get to know the ins and outs of Aerodynamics Design and what’s expected in this role
  • Become familiar with how to use CATIA V5 to create an F1 bodywork
  • Learn to design intricate aerodynamic components for race cars following industry standards
  • Understand the special features of Aero Design that are unique to Formula 1

Course Modules

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  • CAD Design applied to Formula 1 Aerodynamics
  • Detailed design of a Formula 1 car Bodywork
  • Legality considerations for the Bodywork area of a Formula 1 car
  • Types of Bodywork designs in Formula 1 and their reasons to exist
  • Extreme and special Bodywork designs

The course also includes quizzes and a practical final assignment that models working as an aero design engineer in F1!


Software used

The Aerodynamics Design in Formula 1 course involves the use of CATIA V5 developed by Dassault Systèmes. This software is used by motorsport organisations, including Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren.

Please note that the CATIA software license is not included in the cost of this course and will need to be purchased separately or provided by the student. 

If you would like to purchase a 1-month CATIA license from Motorsport Engineer, send us an email ( for pricing and details.

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This course is for you if...

You are a student or professional with an interest in Aero Design or Aero Development

You want to learn about the specific techniques, methods and tasks of an Aero Designer in F1

You’re ready to boost your CV and start a career in Aero Design

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This course has helped me to see 3D Design in another level of organization and simplicity. I found it very productive for me because I work in railway sector with Catia V5 and also got to know more about F1 aerodynamics designs concepts. Thanks for this spectacular course.

Meet your course instructor

Martin Buchan
Martin Buchan
F1 Aerodynamics Design Engineer

Martin, with his background as an Aero Design Engineer in Formula 1, currently leads Buchan Motorsport, a company he founded to offer a variety of Motorsport products and services.

He holds a degree in Automotive Engineering from Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt in Bavaria. During his studies, Martin was selected for the prestigious Junior Engineer Programme at Audi AG, where he gained experience in various roles across multiple disciplines. After completing his degree, he continued at Audi as a Design Engineer.

In 2016, Martin moved to England to pursue an MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield University. His time there included working on a thesis in collaboration with McLaren Applied Technologies. Following his graduation, he secured a position with the Force India F1 team (now Aston Martin F1) as an Aerodynamic Design Engineer. In 2020, Martin took the entrepreneurial leap to establish Buchan Motorsport.

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Aerodynamics Design in F1 -
Bodywork Design
Self-Paced Course


Access Duration: Lifetime     ⓘ

Duration for which video lessons, downloadables, quizzes and assignments will be made available from the time of enrolment.

Mode of Delivery: Online     ⓘ

Lessons are managed by experienced course leaders leveraging online means.

E-mail support     ⓘ

We provide support throughout the duration of the course.

Certification     ⓘ

A certificate will be awarded upon course completion so you can share your achievement with your network.

Interact with instructor     ⓘ

Network with motorsport engineering professionals and receive the advice you are looking for.

Assignments and quizzes     ⓘ

Impress your course leaders by excelling at the challenges they present to you.

Watch lessons in any order     ⓘ

Start from the beginning or the end - you choose!

Assignment feedback     ⓘ

Receive feedback from our course leaders so you can understand areas of improvement.

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