An insight into the Formula 1 Trackside Aerodynamicist role
About this Course
This course includes
Testing a car on the track is one of the final stages of race car development. Track aerodynamicists are key players in executing aerodynamic tests and collecting aero data to improve car performance.
This course provides a deep insight into track aero tests and the toolset required. Finally, students will learn and put into practice methods that trackside aerodynamicists use to collect and analyze aero data to improve car performance.
What to expect from
Upon successful course completion, each student will receive an official Motorsport Engineer certificate. All students are free to interact with the instructor, benefit from industry networking opportunities, professional recommendations, and advice.
Duration & Difficulty
- 38 Lessons
- Advanced Difficulty
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Your Course Instructor
Xavier currently works as a Senior Aerodynamicist at Williams Racing Team developing aerodynamic components through CFD, wind tunnel and track testing activities.
With a Bachelor in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from UPC Barcelona Tech, Xavier started his professional career in 2007 with a short stint at Seat Sport developing the aerodynamics of WTCC Seat Leon. He later joined engineering and testing firm IDIADA, where he was involved in car aerodynamics for several automotive projects as a CFD engineer for 4 years.
In summer 2012, Xavier moved to the United Kingdom to pursue his dream of working in Formula 1. He worked at Marussia F1 Team as an aerodynamicist for over 2 years, before joining Williams F1 in 2014, the team he currently works for.
A conversation with Xavier Ballesta (full version)
My professional background
Structure of the course
Understanding Aero Parts Catalogue
Download Aero Parts Catalogue Documentation
Download Aero Test Run List Documentation
Case Study – Design your own test plan
Assignment: FP1 Run List (Part I)
Design your own test list (Part II)
Suspension load sensors, Pitot tubes and Aero Rakes
Boundary layer visualisation – flow vis / wool tufts
Thermal sensors and Aeroelasticity
Download Instrumentation Documentation
Rake data and Total Pressure
Big data & AI
Summary of challenges
Summary of tools and data
Assignment Intro and MoTeC Guide
Data analysis questionnaire
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