F1 Engineering Bible – Basic Aerodynamics

While waiting for our pieces on Spanish GP, Rotax Max Challenge and 1000km of Spa Francorchamps, I figure you may need something to fulfill your thirst for more motorsports knowledge. Well, here is a video describing the works of Toyota F1 Team. Of course we know by now, Toyota had already pulled the plug from F1. It gave me the nostalgic feeling watching this video.

In Formula 1, needless to say aerodynamics is the key elements to achieving great speeds. Formula 1 cars have smaller frontal areas to maximize the amount of power used to propel it, and decrease the amount of wind resistance encountered. The Panasonic Toyota Racing Team spends an estimated 8,000-9,000 hours a year developing the car in a wind tunnel, as well as working on CFD, computational fluid dynamics, a sophisticated computer program used to unearth air flow patterns over the car.

Editorial : Mu’az Zakaria
Image Source : McLaren

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