Bramble powering UniFi Motorsport’s F1 aerodynamics competition
In October TotalSim successfully launched its cloud based CFD platform, Bramble, for UniFi Motorsport’s F1 aerodynamics competition. Since then students based in the UK and internationally have run over 250 simulations in order to develop the performance of their cars.
The first of three race competitions for this academic year has just been completed, with a team from the University of Leicester winning the inaugural race of the UniFi Motorsport 2015/16 season.
The winning team “Team Mansell” is supervised by Dr. Aldo Rona, senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering, and Professor Ivor Annetts of TotalSim Ltd who has recently been awarded The Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professorship in Motorsport Aerodynamics.
The University of Leicester student team fended off competitors from other universities and international teams from Italy and South Africa to snatch first place with their redesigned Formula 1 car body.
This consisted of a bespoke front wing (new cascade, turning vanes), a new barge board and sidepod vane, and rear wing and diffuser packages. The team used SolidWorks to design the new surfaces and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from TotalSim Ltd to evaluate and refine their aerodynamic performance.
The aerodynamic designs from all teams were tested on a simulated medium downforce circuit, analogous to Race 5 of the Formula 1 calendar, on Bramble, and Team Mansell won this sprint race with the lap time of 1’32.68’’.
UniFi Motorsport are looking for teams for 2016/2017 season and applications can be made via the website at http://www.unifimotorsport.com/contact.html
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