Synopsis: In this presentation we will cover examples and tools to optimize the aerodynamic performance of race cars. For example: Porsche GT4 20 seconds faster on the Nürbürgring – how aerodynamics can move a car into a different league. Smaller race teams can cut costs by using publicly available 3D models for aerodynamic analysis to analyze and optimize their cars, as well as aero-mapping race cars using simulations. There will also be an explanation of how to use simulations to build aero maps to generate the data needed for car setup per circuit, per race.
Gorka Arce Alonso
senior simulation engineer racing
Synopsis: In the current professional racing field with limited track testing, little available running time during the weekends and high competition, the challenge of winning is getting harder year after year. AVL Racing would like to introduce its solutions for maximizing the winning potential while the car concept is being prepared, then through the pre-season, before the race event and during the race weekend itself. All to help with the question: how can I make my car faster?
Synopsis: This talk illustrates the value of putting in place localized circular economies for recycling thermoformed plastic packaging, and the subsequent unique benefits produced in reduced costs, increased efficiency and greatly improved end-product reliability. This presentation will have particular relevance to engineers involved in power electronics, traction battery pack production, and other fragile or critical components especially when using robotized manipulation. The presentation includes practical case studies to show the potential gains. As motorsport manufacturers increase production volumes to supply other sectors, innovative process control is an essential, but often overlooked aspect.
Synopsis: When running a car it is often tempting to overlook simulation in your rush to get the car out, or when you are trying to race engineer it and the pressure is on. However, the 2019 running of the 24 hours of LeMans is a very striking example of why simulation needs to be at the core of what you do. A case study will be presented that utilized a number of the ChassisSim simulation toolboxes that were used to race engineer an LMP2 car.
Synopsis: One of the most critical areas of race car performance is damping, yet it is a discipline shrouded in mystery. In this presentation you will be taken through the basic equations of what makes dampers work, then you’ll be given a live demo of applying this to a race car.
Synopsis: The heaviest and most costly component in electrified drive systems tends to be the traction battery, and as the ever-increasing drive toward the electrification of automotive powertrains spills into the motorsport arenas, so the need to develop high-performing, lightweight and robust battery systems becomes more prevalent. With the ability to monitor and control battery cells in much more detail, smart-cell technology offers the potential to manage the health, safety and aging aspects of battery cells a lot more closely, and thereby provides the chance to reduce the overhead capacity requirement. It also removes a lot of the internal wiring and connections required by conventional battery management systems. This presentation outlines a recent project to examine the benefits of smart-cell technology, and how these might apply to motorsport applications.
senior applications engineer
Synopsis: This presentation explores the application of in-cylinder pressure measurement and dives into the benefits of this technology. Included is a look at the latest ECU offering from Cosworth, which incorporates cylinder pressure measurement and a look to future capabilities.
Synopsis: Additive manufacturing technologies are no longer only used for manufacturing prototypes and mock-ups but also to realize final parts. In particular, the possibility of manufacturing metal parts gives rise to high-performance applications across industries (space, aerospace, security and defense). Fraunhofer EMI is part of Europe’s biggest organization for applied research. With its in-depth knowledge of additive design and manufacturing, Fraunhofer EMI develops customized solutions for its industry partners. Within the presentation we will show the latest results of our research projects, including multidisciplinary topology optimization for satellite structures and lightweight design for the aerospace and automotive industries.
chair and managing director
Landshut University / Belicon GmbH
Synopsis: The optimization of aerodynamic efficiency is – in addition to the running gear setup – key to improving lap times. For some time, ‘chip tuning’ has been claimed to be highly effective. Chip tuning is intended to change the material properties by introducing electrical energy into a material, thus generating periodic shifts of charges and changing dipoles. But does this really work? Measurements on wing profiles in the wind tunnel and on race cars during coast-down tests as well as race data acquisition during the race should provide clarity.
chief engineer - motorsport
Integral Powertrain Ltd
Synopsis: The presentation will discuss the basic considerations needed to enable gains in electric motor power density. We will look at technical aspects of an electrical motor, its design, architecture and manufacture. All this to maximize performance and efficiency in motorsport.
LITE BLOX batteries
Synopsis: The presentation will demonstrate the tremendous potential in exchanging common 'stupid' heavy starter batteries (lead-acid) with state-of-the-art technology (lithium-ion) including intelligent battery management systems for extended field telemetry analysis and CANbus integration. Therefore, such a smart starter battery is able to monitor all peripheral electronic devices and can also immediately be shut down on any event (crash or crucial system failure) by the car's ECU. The presentation will also highlight case studies by various teams in professional motorsport series who are already using this technology (WEC, IMSA, GT, Formula 3, Formula E).
CTO and co-founder/assistant professor in applied mechanics and vehicle dynamics
MegaRide/University of Naples Federico II
Synopsis: The physical modeling of tire-road interaction phenomena, approached in a multi-physics MF-based simulation platform, allows the prediction and reproduction of local distribution of tire temperature, tread wear and adherence within the contact patch, also accounting for road texture roughness and tread compound characteristics. Such a tool, comprising thermoRIDE/adheRIDE models, was awarded Tire Technology of the Year in 2018 and Vehicle Dynamics Tool of the Year in 2019. It has been implemented profitably in off-line and online vehicle dynamics simulations.
Jonas Jarlmark Näfver
manager vehicle dynamics
Öhlins Racing AB
Synopsis: A large number of engineers with race teams and manufacturers use the static damper graph as their sole information when adjusting dampers. In a steady-state situation, this is a reasonable approach. The only problem is that the life of a damper is highly dynamic, and the actual response can be far off from the static graph used for making decisions. This workshop will discuss the physics of how the static and dynamic response of the damper can affect the performance of the vehicle. The discussion will introduce the balancing required between opposing needs and competing traits when trying to improve the overall performance of the vehicle for a specific track, driver and session.
Miguel Fernandes Ferreira
Oxford Brookes University
Synopsis: The ever-present need for a high-fidelity, easily identifiable and tunable model suitable for vehicle dynamics simulations motivated the development of an improved damper model. The model is capable of representing the behavior of a modern twin-tube damper under different regimes, and allows for virtual tuning of parameters directly related to the physical parameters of the damper. This presentation will also cover the characterization and parameters identification routines developed alongside the model.
Synopsis: This presentation will discuss how an electric single-seater car was designed, built and delivered within two months.
Synopsis: Axial flux motor technology is known for its excellent power- and torque-to-weight ratio and has become a popular choice for racing applications. This presentation introduces the different axial motor topologies and reviews their benefits. Following this introduction, the presentation will focus on AF racing applications and look in detail at the use of axial flux technology for the hybridization of touring cars based on an aftermarket solution to hybridize Porsche cars. Within 45mm a 200Nm P2 hybrid module was designed, built and tested, resulting in 50% more peak torque over the engine speed range.
Reino Race Consulting GmbH (Co Ltd)
Synopsis: The presentation describes a unique method to solve this measurement problem, including the kinds of results that were achieved and what was learned through some failures.
Synopsis: This review will discuss the development of innovative nano- and micro-particle-based surface treatments and the markets that these gear and engine applications have in the motorsport industry worldwide. Through applying the products, combustion engines, gearboxes and bearings can run better with reduced friction, lower temperature and great reliability and durability due to reduced abrasion and wear. In this presentation we will present the results of our scientific tests in cooperation with the universities of Giessen and Mannheim, along with some examples of the product application in technical systems.
Rockfort Engineering Ltd
Synopsis: With over 20 years' experience in electric vehicle design and 10 years in electric race car design, Angus Lyon will provide an insight into the EV drivetrain systems employed in Formula E, Formula 1 and electric prototype race cars. His talk will cover the technologies and powertrain architectures used, as well as the considerations and requirements that must be met when delivering motorsport EV powertrain, control and battery systems.
Synopsis: In a world where 1/100 of a second is the difference between the winner and the looser, any improvement in the racing car or bike will increase your competitiveness. Rotronics was born to solve 500cc two-stroke bike development, engine dyno and chassis dyno problems. Based on the company's 30 years' experience, it offers a wide range of tools to help clients boost their performance. From valve to wheel, Rotronics offers valvetrain, flow bench, engine and vehicle testbeds. Products include a standard roller dyno 4WD synchronized up to 400km/h, and a smart hub-dyno concept where users can run 4WD synchronized or control each wheel speed independently. Therefore, the transmission strategy is also balanced. Speed offset could be applied between front/rear/left/right.
aerodynamics specialist/senior manager aerodynamic services
Sauber Aerodynamics AG
Synopsis: With fun examples, Willem will explain the main concepts behind aerodynamics. He will try to give you a mental picture of what happens with the molecules of air as they move around objects to 'feel' what the Bernoulli equations calculate. He will explain how motorsport diffusers work and how creating vorticity (flow rotation) is used to bring higher-energy air into contact with surfaces that otherwise would have low performance. Then he will touch on how to create working cooling ducts and multi-element wings. This talk assumes a good engineering brain but no specific prior knowledge of aerodynamics.
Synopsis: Professor Willem Toet will talk about the power and fun of playing with aerodynamics. He will touch on how F1 teams use development tools including the wind tunnel, CFD and track tests. Then he will talk about some of the tricks used in F1 to maximize performance and relate how these concepts may be applied to other types of vehicle, including road cars. Why is it so difficult to overtake in F1? Willem will explain.
Synopsis: A team of six students on the Minor Motorsport Engineering course at Fontys University in Eindhoven ran a Mazda MX5 Cup car during the 2019 season in the Benelux. This presentation shows what the team members learned during the season and how they were able to set up the car so that it became a top runner in this highly competitive cup class. The key elements of their success will be highlighted: organization, dedication and motivation, and a thorough focus on technology including tire management, data acquisition, aerodynamics, and excellent maintenance and preparation.
global application specialist - powertrain
Synopsis: In this presentation, the newest methodologies to simulate the complexity of hydrogen fuel cells in 3D will be explored. In particular, water management inside the membrane and the gas diffusion layers will be addressed, with particular emphasis on the resulting temperature field. Geometry optimization techniques to improve temperature uniformity will also be introduced.
global head of development
SLM Solutions Group AG
Synopsis: Metal 3D printing, based on the selective laser process (SLM), is already implemented successfully in powertrain as well in body chassis applications in motorsport and in luxury car programs. The high material performance of AM metal alloys is the basis for technical innovations in brake calipers, exhaust modules, turbochargers and heat exchangers. Increased knowledge of design for additive manufacturing is leading to lightweighted design and reduced assemblies and functional integration. The presentation will describe the new trends in metal AM technology with regard to productivity and quality. It will also present relevant AM automotive applications.
technical consultant GSC
Synopsis: This session will look into the current trends and state-of-the-art in 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in the racing industry. We will investigate applications for everyone from the small race teams up to F1. Although most of the focus will be on how additive manufacturing can help you, we will also take a look at what we can expect in the future based on the current trends.
chief application engineer motorsport
TMD Performance GmbH
Synopsis: Depending on the route and the application, approximately 15-20% of the lap time is driven on the brakes. As this is an important performance factor in racing, each application needs an optimal, suitable friction pair to maximize braking efficiency. This presentation will look at the performance benefits of Pagid Racing brake products, which are the foundation of Pagid Racing's application-driven development approach. The presentation will also discuss additional technical services from Pagid Racing.
CEO and co-founder
Synopsis: This presentation will discuss the chances, possibilities and challenges of 3D printing measurement devices as aerodynamic measurement technology.
team lead - machine learning in engineering and production
Volkswagen Group AG
Synopsis: We owe a lot of emotions to icons like Michael Schumacher and Walter Röhrl. This year, highly specialized racing machines will also inspire people and engineers. In the past, racing has proved to be a highly competitive development environment where the slightest progress has helped to win. Many of these developments have found their way into mass production, such as lightweight construction materials that reduce vehicle weight. But these are improvements to traditional vehicle development. Today, the automotive industry is asking another question: is motor racing a suitable test field for the new challenges, such as AI vehicle functions?
Williams Advanced Engineering
Synopsis: Williams Advanced Engineering joined the Extreme E fold in May 2019, as designer and supplier of the battery tech that will power the championship when it sets off on its maiden voyage in early 2021. The company has a wealth of experience and expertise, having built the batteries throughout the first four seasons of the Formula E Championship. New cells are designed to cope with all the rigors of Extreme E’s five formidable environments – from the Arctic to the Sahara Desert.