Vehicle Dynamics Modelling and Simulation

Course Description

Vehicle Dynamics is a field dedicated to understanding vehicle motion, focusing on how vehicles respond to driver inputs and environmental factors. It plays a crucial role in the development and design of race cars, significantly influencing their construction and performance.

This course offers a comprehensive overview of vehicle dynamics theory and its practical application. It involves the creation of dynamic system models using MATLAB/Simulink. A wide range of case studies are included, encompassing various aspects of vehicle response such as tyre dynamics, lateral and longitudinal dynamics, vertical/ride dynamics, and suspension considerations.

About this course
  • 65 Lessons
  • Approximate time to complete course: 12 hours

Vehicle Dynamics
Modelling and Simulation

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 & watch lessons in any order
  • Quizzes and assignments included

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics theory
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the overall Modelling & Simulation within Automotive and Motorsport Vehicle Dynamics
  • Create and interpret vehicle system models in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Learn how to analyse the dynamic response of a race car through simulations conducted within the MATLAB/Simulink environment

Course Modules

  • Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics
  • Tyre Dynamics Lateral Dynamics
  • Longitudinal Dynamics
  • Vehicle Suspension 
  • Vertical Dynamics
  • Vehicle Dynamics in the Automotive Industry

The course also includes career advice and practical  assignments that model working as a vehicle dynamics engineer.

This course is for you if...

You are a student or professional with an interest in Vehicle Dynamics, Modelling and Simulation

You want to learn about the specific techniques, methods and tasks of a Vehicle Dynamics Modelling and Simulation Engineer and develop skills in MATLAB/Simulink

You’re ready to boost your CV and start a career in Vehicle Dynamics, Modelling and Simulation

Course Reviews

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A Very Good Mix between Theory and Practice
Clément Salomon
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This course is very well done and very well organised. There is a perfect balance between theory (on the basics of vehicle dynamics) and practical applications on Simulink. The lessons are very clear and the structure is perfect. The teacher is very friendly and answers questions very clearly and precisely. The feedbacks are really interesting.
Insightful and Engaging
Justin Gerritsen
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The hands-on experience in MATLAB/Simulink modelling and simulation was particularly clarifying, equipping me with practical skills for analyzing and optimizing dynamic responses in high-performance vehicles for the motorsport industry.
Jorge Fernández Fernández
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Thanks to the instructor Javier Sistiaga Vidal-Ribas for sharing his knowledge and making it so enjoyable and useful.
Course Review
Riccardo Porta
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I have increased my knowledge in building dynamic models starting from mathematical models that simulate the tyres, the lateral dynamics, longitudinal dynamics, vertical dynamics, braking and acceleration performance. In particular I have analyzed with the simulation the parameters that influence the performance of the vehicle. I would like to thanks Javier Sistiaga Vidal-Ribas and Gerard Torres for this opportunity.

Meet your course instructor

Javier Sistiaga
Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics Engineer

Javier boasts extensive experience in both Motorsport and the Automotive industry. He has primarily worked at Applus+ IDIADA, where he focused on developing four-wheeled vehicles for global markets. Additionally, Javier brings significant expertise in the design and production of motorbikes. His educational background spans Spain and the UK, including an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and an MSc in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brookes. During his studies, Javier co-founded BASS Racing, a motorbike team that built upon his experience from the university’s MotoStudent project.

After graduating from Oxford Brookes, Javier embarked on a career in MotoGP as a Project Engineer with KTM. He later returned to Spain to rejoin IDIADA, taking on various roles in Vehicle Dynamics & Simulation. More recently, Javier has been involved in teaching courses at UPC and has expanded his expertise in Multi-Body Simulation into the Renewable Energy sector.

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Vehicle Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
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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