Aero Design in F1

Gain insight into the role of an Aero Designer within F1

Self-Paced Course

Approximately 7.5 Hours

45 Lessons

For all learners

Course Description

This course delves into the crucial role of Aerodynamics in Race Car performance, with a special focus on Formula 1. Often overlooked is the collaborative effort between Aero Designers and Aerodynamicists in the Aero development process.

The course offers valuable insights into the responsibilities and critical performance considerations of an Aero Designer in Formula 1. You’ll learn about the comprehensive role of an Aero Designer, which extends throughout the production process and encompasses various aspects of development.

You’ll have the chance to uncover the less-discussed parts of the job and explore design considerations for complex components. While the course isn’t primarily focused on CAD, it includes a unique opportunity to gain industry-level experience in designing a Side-Wing Element using the CATIA V5 CAD package.

Aero Design in F1

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 Aero Design and what the job entails
  • Understand the key materials and manufacturing techniques used in aerodynamic development
  • How to design intricate aerodynamic components for race cars following industry standards
  • The elements of Aero Design that are unique to Formula 1

Course Modules

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  • Aero Design in F1
  • F1 Aero Design In-Depth
  • Designing a Side-Wing Element
  • Career Development
  • Fun Facts & Community

The course also includes quizzes and a practical final assignment that models using CATIA V5 like an aero designer 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

Course Reviews

Hear what students have to say about this course

Great Experience
Allen Zongzhen Li
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Very detailed course content with very patient instructor. Big thanks to Martin and Motorsport Engineer!
Amazing Course!
Sergio Caceres
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The course is well-structured and the contents delivered are well explained and very valuable for a role in design. The content covers the structure of the aerodynamic department within an F1 team, materials and production methods, design in CATIA V5 and career developments for an aero designer, all explained by Martin, an F1 Aero Designer. Very complete course from start to beginning and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into F1 design. The Motorsport Engineer platform is doing a great job bringing the F1 closer to the students. Really helpful!
Amazing Opportunity and Really Well Presented
Mohammad Reza Izady
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I have gained valuable experience around production and methods in the F1 industry during the course and more importantly, I designed a wing element in CATIA (how cool is that!). I highly recommend this course to students or professionals who want to pursue a career in F1 especially Aerodynamic Design.
Interesting Course
Robert Kwiatkowski
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A course for any engineer thinking of working in motorsport, but not only - any Formula 1 fan interested in the technical side of it will learn a lot of interesting things. Thank You!
Recommended for F1 Enthusiasts!!
Himanshu Dhurve
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Great Insight into the world of Aero Design in Formula 1. Highly recommend it to those who want to know about the design process and methodologies in Formula 1.
Great Course
Marwan Attar
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This course is more for designers than for Aerodynamicists. However, the interrelation between the both is crucial in terms of efficiency and optimising performance. This course gives a better understanding to how the design process of aero-components is completed and the structure followed for optimising that design.
I Highly Recommend This Course!
Giuseppe Benvenuto
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A great opportunity to learn about production methods used in Formula1. It is also great to design a wing element using CATIA.
Really Insightful
Francois Barkhuizen
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Thank you to Motorsport Engineer for hosting this course. It was really insightful and I learnt a lot. And thanks to Martin Buchan for sharing your knowledge and expertise in the course.
Mattia Belfico
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I would like to thank Motorsport Engineer for providing this interesting series of classes and in particular Martin Buchan and Gerard Torres for their availability. I highly recommend this 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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Aero Design in F1
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