The subteam Aerodynamics deals with the airflow around the racecar. It essentially, has two tasks:
1. Reducing air resistance
2. Generating contact pressure, or downforce, in order to increase driving stability.
Concept & CFD Simulation
In the development phase of our race car, we begin with the simulation of the concepts we have in mind. There are almost no limits to our creativity. Based on the simulation data, the components are then perfectly adapted to the racing car. The complexity lies in the variation and interaction of all components on the vehicle. A particular challenge for us is differentiating between the designs of each of our two racecars, and maximizing the downforce, both for the combustion and the electric.
To meet our goal of lightweight construction, we manufacture all components using in-house, fiber composite materials. To ensure the right balance between weight and rigidity, we simulate the layer structure of the components before production.
Testing & Wind Tunnel
After the production we test the cars and their aerodynamics and compare the simulation results with experimental data. A special highlight is the wind tunnel tests, with which we further refine our active aerodynamics (Drag Reduction System - DRS).