Throughout this week, Formula 1 began unveiling its championship contending race cars with innovators such as Ferrari, Renault, Mercedes, and McLaren. In automobile racing, winning is inextricably linked in some fashion to speed – the speed of the vehicle, but even more importantly, the speed of technology deployment. Technology that delivers a rapid, first-time-right design. Unified in a perpetual state of wide open throttle, automobile racing employ a combination of velocity, acceleration and G-forces to deliver a potent, high-adrenaline experience unlike any other and design engineers must contend to make their vehicle lighter, faster, and more efficient.
“MSC was the natural choice of partner. MSC’s subsequent acquisition of MDI brought the Adams suite of tools into the portfolio, allowing us to also simulate the vehicles mechanical systems, and to generate more accurate set-up data and structural loadings.” -Steve Nevey, Business Development Manager and Technical Consultant, Red Bull Racing
“When we started the project we were quite far, we needed to analyze the results and understand the problems in the way we were modelling. Now we are quite happy with the results. We went quite fast in improving the accuracy.” -Philippe Mordillat, NVH CAE Expert – Methodology Development at Renault
To identify problems as early as possible, the best-in-class are more likely to take a systematic approach with simulation, and regularly perform analyses throughout the design process. Some key factors that are important to be considered are: