Introduction to Race Car Aerodynamics

Learn the basics of Race Car Aerodynamics

Course Description

Explore the complex world of aerodynamics and its pivotal role in maximizing race car performance! Aerodynamic performance constitutes up to 80% of lap time efficiency. In this comprehensive introductory course, delve into the intricacies of modern vehicle design techniques, where aerodynamic performance is key for success.

Unravel the fundamental principles essential for navigating the complete aerodynamic development loop, guiding you seamlessly from the initial stages of design conception to the thorough analysis of results. Get a glimpse into the art and science of understanding and interpreting aerodynamic forces in this self-paced course.
About this course
  • 30 Lessons
  • Approximate time to complete course: 7 hours

Introduction to Race Car Aerodynamics

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 included

What You'll Learn

  • Understand how Aerodynamics are vital to the design of a  race car
  • Gain a sound awareness of modern wind tunnel testing techniques used to analyse aerodynamic problems and solutions applied to solve those problems
  • Demonstrate competence in current virtual aerodynamic testing methods employed in Formula 1 using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Course Modules

Course modules for this course include:
  • Key Aspects of Race Car Aerodynamics
  • Introduction to Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Introduction to CFD in Formula 1
The course also contains:
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Professional advice from the instructor
  • Insider information about F1 teams and how they function
  • A recorded conversation with Adrian Villar

This course is for you if...

You are a student or professional with some familiarity of fluid dynamics theory and principles

You are an engineering student who want to start a career in the realm of F1 aerodynamics

You are a professional looking to learn about current aerodynamic development trends in F1

Course Reviews

See what students have said about this course

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 applications. 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 approaching 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 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, hats 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 extremely 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 on 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 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.
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.

Meet your course instructor

Adrian Villar
ex-F1 Aerodynamics Engineer

Adrian studied Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, where he was also part of the FSAE team. He completed his thesis at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany, and then moved to the UK to earn his MSc at Oxford Brookes University.

Adrian worked in F1 for Caterham F1 and Manor F1 as an Aerodynamics Engineer, where he gained experience in product development, CFD methods and experimental testing.

In the automotive industry, Adrian has worked for Jaguar Land Rover and  Dyson Automotive as CFD Lead for the aerodynamics team and later Team Lead. In 2020 he started his own technical consulting company, VFluid Technology, specialising in fluid dynamics consulting, product development and training.

He is now the Chief Technical Officer at Deflect LLC.


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Introduction to Race Car Aerodynamics
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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