Aero Design in F1

An insight into the role of an Aero Designer within F1

About this Course

It is no secret that Aerodynamics contribute extensively to the performance of a Race Car, with Formula 1 being the prime example. What often gets overlooked is the way in which Aero Designers and Aerodynamicists work alongside each other in the Aero development process. 

This course provides valuable insight into the role of an Aero Designer within F1, exploring the responsibilities and key performance considerations for the all-important Aero development at the pinnacle of motorsport. An Aero Designer plays a crucial role right through the production process and can be involved in all aspects.

In this course, you will get an opportunity to learn about the parts of the job that are not so openly discussed, along with exploring the design considerations for complex parts. Whilst this is not a CAD course primarily, you will also have a great opportunity to receive industry-level guidance when getting hands-on with the design of a Side-Wing Element using industry-leading CAD package CATIA.

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

  • Aero Design in F1

  • F1 Aero Design in-depth.

  • Designing a Side-Wing Element.

  • Career Development

  • Fun Facts & Community

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

1. Become familiar with Aero Design and the requirements of the role 

2. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of materials and production methods used during aero development

3. Design complex aerodynamic race car components in alignment with industry protocol   

4. Become conversant with the unique aspects of Aero Design specific to Formula 1 

  • are a student or professional with interest in Aero Design or Aero Development.

  • are a motorsport professional and want to learn about the specific techniques, methods and tasks of an Aero Designer in F1.

  • want to start a career in Aero Design.

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

Motorsport Engineer can provide downloading instructions to students upon request. Please contact us at info@motorsportengineer.net for further information.

3DEXPERIENCE            Dassault_Systèmes           CATIA v5

Engage with our
Aero Design community!

As a student enrolled to our courses you will have access to our exclusive Community Forums. You will be able to ask questions to your course instructor and start threat discussions in our Forums!

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.

Martin worked for...
Audi logo BMW Racing logo Mclaren logo

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
Designer
Surfacing vs Model Parts
Materials & Production Methods
Module Summary

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

Surfacing

  • 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
Misunderstandings
Social Activities
Module Summary

Task 1
Task 2

Flexible Course Fees

Choose the plan that's right for you

Basic

2 months access

€39.95

Per month for 2 months

Access Duration: 2 months     ⓘ

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 yout network

Pro

3 months access

€49.95

Per month for 3 months

Access Duration: 3 months     ⓘ   

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     ⓘ 

Get your questions answered by the course leader thanks to our on-course disucssion area.

Assignment     ⓘ

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

Premium

Lifetime access

€49.95

Per month for 4 months

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     ⓘ

Get your questions answered by the course leader thanks to our on-course disucssion area.

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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FAQ

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 info@motorsportengineer.net 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 info@motorsportengineer.net.

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 info@motorsportengineer.net 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 info@motorsportengineer.net should you require further assistance.

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