Aero Design in F1

Gain insight into the role of an Aero Designer within F1

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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!
Recommended for F1 Enthusiast!!
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.
Amazing opportunity and really well presented
Mohammad Reza Izady
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I have gained valuable experiences around production and methods in the F1 industry during the course and more importantly, I designed a wing element in CATIA (how cool would be that!). I highly recommend this course to students or professionals who want to pursue a career in F1 especially Aerodynamic Design.
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!

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Your Course Instructor

Martin Buchan

Having worked in F1 as an Aero Designer Engineer, Martin now spends his time directing his very own Buchan Motorsport, providing a range of Motorsport products and services.

Alongside a degree in Automotive Engineering from Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (Bavaria), Martin was selected for the Junior Engineer Programme at Audi AG where he would fulfil multiple roles across different disciplines. Upon graduating, Martin stayed with Audi working as a Design Engineer.

In 2016, Martin moved to England to study for an MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield University, completing a Thesis with McLaren Applied Technologies. Upon graduating, Martin landed a job at Force India F1 team (now, Aston Martin F1) as an Aerodynamic Design Engineer, before founding Buchan Motorsport in 2020.

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Course curriculum

Martin tells us about his course
A conversation with Martin Buchan (full version)

Message from the instructor
My professional background
Course overview

Aero Department Structure
Aero Development Process
Responsibilities of an Aero
Surfacing vs Model Parts
Materials & Production Methods
Module Summary

Innovative Design
Relationship between Aerodynamicists and Aero Designers
Aero Performance vs DFM
Efficient Development Processes
Trailing Edge Dilemma
Module Summary


  • Wireframe
  • Guides
  • Surfaces
  • Trims & Fillets
  • Designing a Robust Surface Model

Model Part

  • Scaling
  • Holes & Joggles

Good vs Bad Design
Module Summary

Entry Requirements
Opportunities for an Aero Designer
Possible Career Developments
Module Summary

Copy the Copy
Social Activities
Module Summary

Task 1
Task 2

Lifetime access


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.

Assignment     ⓘ

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.

Videocall with instructor     ⓘ

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

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Every course page has a section called “This course is for you if…”, detailing who the course is designed for. If you are unsure about a specific course, please get in touch with us at and we will be happy to provide further guidance.

Softwares required are included upon course acquisition unless otherwise specified. Where needed, we provide installation instructions.

Every course page has a section describing the syllabus. Furthermore, the detailed curriculum is also publicly available. Courses last between 8 to 20 hours, including guided lectures and individual work. Also, our courses are totally flexible and you can progress at your own pace.

Yes! A personalised certificate with your name and course subject will be provided once you successfully complete the course. This is a great way to show you have learnt from industry experts and allows you to differentiate from other engineers in the sector.

Our courses can be accessed, depending on the price plan acquired, going from 2 months to lifetime access . This guarantees flexibility to the needs of every student. 

If you are a group of students interested in one or more courses please contact us at

We are working hard to offer a series of courses grouped by specialist area (Aerodynamics, Composite Design, Vehicle Dynamics, etc). More details will be shared soon.

Networking is key for finding your way into any industry, and motorsport is not different. For this reason, we think that having the possibility to interact directly with instructors is vital. We have created a number of tools that will allow you to speak directly with our instructors during of the course through the platform.

Keep in mind that interesting questions will make you stand out!

Job hunting can be a stressful process filled with uncertainty. We offer a CV review process that is based on years of experience working in Formula 1 and other motorsport categories and recruiting the best talent for some of the greatest brands in the industry.

This is a private service offered on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in this, please send us an email to mentioning our CV review service and we will get back to you with all the information.

This is one of the most common questions we receive at our inbox.

There is not an answer that fits every single case, but here are some tips you can follow to achieve your goal.

1. Complete the Introductory Course available for free in our platform. It will give you a general idea of the motorsport industry.
2. Read our blog article 5 things every aspiring Formula 1 engineer should know.
3. Browse our Motorsport Academy for a course that catches your attention on the topic that you want to specialise in.
4. Feel free to contact us at should you require further assistance.

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