Introduction to Race Car Aerodynamics

Learn the basics of Race Car Aerodynamics

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Great Start even if experienced in Motorsport
Jean Paul Sultana
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With a background knowledge of what some basic terms and interactions are this course was ideal to understand better how the technical direction and development is structured within an orgnisation and specific technical terms mentioned enough to give direction for own personal study to develop further. Recommended.
Informative intro to aero
Marco Piano
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Adrian relays some of the most relevant information to provide an understanding of fundamentals in aerodynamics, related CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing application. I'd highly recommend completing this course, particularly if like me you have some fluid dynamics knowledge, but require a synopsis of how this experience might crossover into motorsport applications.
Perfect introductory course
Allen Zongzhen Li
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As a current engineering student, I'm wandering outside the gate of motorsport, always looking forward to approach the industry but was rather clueless about how the intense engineering systems are like inside Formula 1. This course provided me with a perfect extent of knowledge and information from a practical point of view, which spots on my demand. Would strongly recommend this course to other students who found themselves at similar stages as mine. I'll come back to these contents in the future for sure, hat off to ME and Adrian for such an inspiring learning opportunity.
Really good course
Matheus Gomes Traversim Marques
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The Introduction to Race Car Aerodynamics course is really insightful. The course gives a perspective about the aerodynamicist role in a F1 team and how the aero department is structured. It also deeply cover how wind tunnel testing and CFD works, enphasizing them as extremly important tools for the aero development of the F1 cars.
Enjoyed every minute!
Iker Raigoso
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I would recommend this course to anyone willing to understand race car aerodynamics, especially those who participate in Formula Student. I would have really appreciated this course when I started in my team. Really good course Adrian!
Naeem Khan
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Fantastic module to start learning about aerodynamics behind the scenes and their fundamentals as well as looking at the types of equipment used within different teams. A fascinating insight on how a race car develops in aerodynamics
Great course Adrian!
Miguel Eslava Goñi
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I really enjoyed learning about the key challenges faced by aerodynamicists working in Formula 1. I think this course is the perfect way to get introduced into the world of aerodynamics in motorsport.
Great course!
Marco Faria
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Thanks to Adrian Villar Collazo and to Motorsport Engineer for the course.
Very informative course
İlber Ege Coşkun
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Thanks a lot to Motorsport Engineer and Adrian Villar Collazo for making this informative course that is aimed towards people that want to make their way to the motorsport industry. The course's content provided information about the fundamentals of aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing and CFD in Formula 1.

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Adrian Villar

Adrian is the founder of VFluid Technology, specializing in fluid dynamics consulting, product development and training.

His career started while he was studying Mechanical Engineering in Universidad Simon Bolivar where he became a member of the Formula SAE USB during three years and which opened the doors to write his dissertation with Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg. After graduating, Adrian moved to the United Kingdom to graduate with honors in the Motorsports Engineering master in science in the Oxford Brookes University.

From 2010 Adrian worked as an Aerodynamics Engineer in multiple F1 teams gaining experience in product development, CFD methods and experimental testing. In 2017 he took on a new challenge at Dyson Automotive as CFD Lead for the aerodynamics team and later Team Lead. In 2020 he decided it was time to start his own Technical Consulting company VFluid Technology and become part of The Motorsports Engineer Network.

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Course curriculum

Adrian tells us about his course FREE PREVIEW
A conversation with Adrian Villar (full version)
Message from the instructor
About this course and my personal experience
Before we start!
Typical structure of an Aerodynamics Department in Formula 1
The role of an Aerodynamics Engineer
The role of aerodynamics in race car design
Aerodynamic forces, moments and coefficients
Aerodynamic efficiency
Quiz: Basics of aerodynamics
The Wind Tunnel
Similarity conditions
Types of Wind Tunnels and their parts
The working section (part I)
The working section (part II)
Moving ground
Motion system and force measurements
The Wind Tunnel Model
Modern flow visualisation techniques
Inside a Formula 1 Wind Tunnel
Quiz: Wind tunnels
Computational Fluid Dynamics in F1
Lattice Boltzmann Method
Eulerian Methods
Turbulence Modeling
Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes Models (RANS)
Boundary Layer
Setting Up a CFD Simulation of an F1 Car (Part 1)
Setting Up a CFD Simulation of an F1 Car (Part 2)

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