Aero Design in F1

Learn the role of an Aero Designer in F1

Course Description

In this course, you’ll learn what you need to know to land a job as an aero designer.

Get insider knowledge about the role and gain insight into the design considerations that go into making complex parts. 

Additionally, you’ll receive industry-level guidance through hands-on aero design modelling with a design-along of a Side-Wing Element with CATIA.

About this course
  • 45 Lessons
  • Approximate time to complete course: 7.5 hours

Aerodynamic Design in Formula 1

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 and watch lessons in any order
  • Quizzes and assignments included

What You'll Learn

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  • How to explain the materials and production methods used during aero development
  • An understanding of the role and functions of an Aero Designer in a F1 team
  • The ability to describe the unique aspects of Aero Design specific to Formula 1
  • How to design complex aerodynamic race car components in alignment with industry protocol

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

Software used in this course

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 leading motorsport organisations, including Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren.

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


Meet your course instructor

Martin Buchan
F1 Aerodynamics Design Engineer

While studying a degree in Automotive Engineering from Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (Bavaria), Martin was selected for the Junior Engineer Programme at Audi AG. Upon graduating, Martin stayed with Audi for several years as a Design Engineer. 

In 2016, Martin moved to England to study an MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield University and completed his Thesis with McLaren Applied Technologies

Upon graduating, Martin landed a job at Sahara Force India F1 team (now Aston Martin F1) as an Aerodynamic Design Engineer, and also worked at BWT Racing Point F1 Team before founding Buchan Motorsport in 2020.

Martin has worked for:
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Course reviews

Hear from students who have completed 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!
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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Aerodynamic Design in Formula 1​
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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Yes! A personalised certificate with your name and the course you completed will be provided once you successfully finish the course. This certificate is a great way to show what you have learnt from industry experts and allows you to differentiate yourself from other engineers or applicants in the sector.

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Keep in mind that asking interesting questions will help you stand out!

Job hunting can be a stressful process filled with uncertainty. To help with this, we offer a CV review package based on our years of experience applying for and working in Formula 1 and motorsport and our experience in recruiting the best talent for some of the top brands in the industry.

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