Vehicle Dynamics in F1

Learn the vehicle science behind F1 cars

About this Course

In Formula 1, vehicle dynamics science has the goal of understanding the dynamics and kinematics of the car from a physics and mathematical point of view so that performance and balance can be optimised.

Vehicle dynamics engineers are responsible for modelling and optimising car handling, braking, acceleration and ride performance.

This course represents a deep dive on the main tasks a vehicle dynamics engineer undertakes, specially in a Formula 1 setting, which includes understanding the vehicle model, simulation methodology and correlation, use of the 7-post shaker rig and K&C rig, as well as the development of the time simulation tools for suspension performance..

Several case studies are used to identify, from a practical point of view, the theory behind vehicle models in order to understand longitudinal, lateral and vertical dynamics. Students will apply these learnings to complete the final assignment.

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.

  • Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics Science in Formula 1
  • Vehicle model: longitudinal, lateral and vertical dynamics
  • Case study 1: straight line performance modelling
  • Case study 2: Derivatives analysis yaw rate response
  • Case study 3: Kerb strike simulation modelling
  • The tyre model
  • Simulation
  • 4/7-post rig and K&C rig, use and methodology
  • Lap time simulation and pre-event work
  • Suspension performance, (ride) simulation and pre-event work
  • Simulation correlation
  • Assignment: longitudinal, lateral and vertical dynamics models

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Become conversant with the Vehicle Dynamics role and work dynamics in F1.
2. Understand the development of the vehicle model, as well as the approach used and its objective
3. Understand the different tyre models used, their parameters and desired outcome
4. Demonstrate knowledge of shaker and K&C rigs
5. Develop suspension performance simulations and apply correlation techniques
6. Use the techniques and methods learned during the course to create vehicle models and analyse the results.

  • you are a student or a professional with interest in Vehicle Dynamics Science.
  • you want to start a career in Vehicle Dynamics Science.
  • you are a motorsport professional and want to learn about the specifics of Vehicle Dynamics techniques, methods and simulations in F1.

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Your Course Instructor

Marc Ollé Bernades

Marc has worked as Performance Engineer at Williams Racing Team developing and optimising the balance of the car to exploit maximum performance, combining factory support and trackside events.

He graduated with Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and holds a MSc in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and a MSc in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brookes University.

In 2011, Marc begun his professional career in the automotive sector with companies such as Volvo, IDIADA and McLaren Automotive. He then switched to Motorsport, gaining broad experience in the industry working as Race and Vehicle Dynamics Engineer of a GT4 team, Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation Engineer for Mahindra Racing Formula E, and Performance Engineer for Williams Racing.

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Course curriculum

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Message from the instructor
My professional background
Course overview
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Responsibilities
Department structure and stake holders
Tools and software
Work dynamics
Module Summary
Test
Vehicle Model Overview
Longitudinal Dynamics
Longitudinal Dynamics Case Study: 1-D plane straight line performance
Lateral Dynamics
Lateral Dynamics Case Study: Derivatives analysis yaw rate response
Vertical Dynamics
Vertical Dynamics Case Study: Suspension lumped 1-DoF kerb strike model
Module Summary
Test
Introduction
Definition
Parameters
Friction Circle
Coefficient of Friction
Temperature Dependency – Thermal Model
Track Roughness
Module Summary
Test
Introduction – why do we use simulations?
Types of simulations
Types of lap time simulations
Limit-performance envelope
Rebalancing procedure
Module Summary
Test
Introduction to rig testing
Description and use of 4/7-post rigs
Methodology used with 4/7-post rigs
Description and use of K&C rigs
Module Summary
Test
Introduction and objectives
Sensitivities
Rake scan
Rear Wing scan
Camber sweep
Tyre saving
Module Summary
Test
Introduction – Suspension performance report
Objectives
Review of inboard and outboard suspension
Suspension characteristics
Vertical dynamics approach
Main simulation report, results and recommendations
Kerb riding simulation results and recommendations
Module Summary
Objectives of the correlation analysis
Work dynamics across departments
Methodology for lap time simulation
Methodology for vertical dynamics simulation
Module Summary
Straight line performance
Derivatives analysis – yaw response on step steer
Kerb strike simulation
Recommended books and articles
Advice and tips from a Formula 1 Engineer

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Basic

2 months access

€39.95

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Duration for which video lessons, downloadables, quizzes and assignments will be made available from the time of enrolment.

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Certification     ⓘ 

A certificate will be awarded upon course completion so you can share your achievement with yout network

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€49.95

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Access Duration: 3 months     ⓘ   

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     ⓘ 

Get your questions answered by the course leader thanks to our on-course disucssion area.

Assignment     ⓘ

Impress your course leaders by excelling at the challenges they present to you.

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€49.95

Per month for 4 months

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     ⓘ

Get your questions answered by the course leader thanks to our on-course disucssion area.

Assignment     ⓘ

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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Network with motorsport engineering professionals and receive the advice you are looking for.

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FAQ

Every course page has a section called “This course is for you if…”, detailing who the course is designed for. If you are unsure about a specific course, please get in touch with us at info@motorsportengineer.net and we will be happy to provide further guidance.

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Every course page has a section describing the syllabus. Furthermore, the detailed curriculum is also publicly available. Courses last between 8 to 20 hours, including guided lectures and individual work. Also, our courses are totally flexible and you can progress at your own pace.

Yes! A personalised certificate with your name and course subject will be provided once you successfully complete the course. This is a great way to show you have learnt from industry experts and allows you to differentiate from other engineers in the sector.

Our courses can be accessed, depending on the price plan acquired, going from 2 months to lifetime access . This guarantees flexibility to the needs of every student. 

If you are a group of students interested in one or more courses please contact us at info@motorsportengineer.net.

We are working hard to offer a series of courses grouped by specialist area (Aerodynamics, Composite Design, Vehicle Dynamics, etc). More details will be shared soon.

Networking is key for finding your way into any industry, and motorsport is not different. For this reason, we think that having the possibility to interact directly with instructors is vital. We have created a number of tools that will allow you to speak directly with our instructors during of the course through the platform.

Keep in mind that interesting questions will make you stand out!

Job hunting can be a stressful process filled with uncertainty. We offer a CV review process that is based on years of experience working in Formula 1 and other motorsport categories and recruiting the best talent for some of the greatest brands in the industry.

This is a private service offered on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in this, please send us an email to info@motorsportengineer.net mentioning our CV review service and we will get back to you with all the information.

This is one of the most common questions we receive at our inbox.

There is not an answer that fits every single case, but here are some tips you can follow to achieve your goal.

1. Complete the Introductory Course available for free in our platform. It will give you a general idea of the motorsport industry.
2. Read our blog article 5 things every aspiring Formula 1 engineer should know.
3. Browse our Motorsport Academy for a course that catches your attention on the topic that you want to specialise in.
4. Feel free to contact us at info@motorsportengineer.net should you require further assistance.