Motorsports

Formula One, NASCAR or any other racing series: Motorsports is all about pushing technology to its limits to gain competitive advantage. Some of the key race car design concerns are aerodynamics, suspension, tires, electronics and others.

Extreme speeds on the race track can exceed 350 km/hr, so a car can easily lose contact with the ground and fatally destabilize — unless a large downforce is created aerodynamically.

Red Bull Racing won the 2010 F1 Constructors’ Championship with the help of CFD simulation from ANSYS.

ANSYS simulation tools are used extensively by motorsports teams, such as Formula One's RedBull Racing, to optimize aerodynamics. In the true motorsports spirit of pushing technology to the limits, such simulations are among the largest ever conducted, incorporating billion-cell meshes and high-performance computing (HPC) spanning thousands of cores. Some circuits restrict the use of wind tunnels for physical testing, so ANSYS simulations have become doubly important for winning motorsports races.

ANSYS simulation tools are also indispensable in developing other aspects of race cars, such as air intakes, engine ports, body structures, suspension, engine control electronics and others. A long-time partner of motorsports teams, ANSYS has consistently pushed the envelope of simulation technologies to solve ever-challenging problems.