CFD Simulation Gives Wing to the Red Bull Formula One Team

In my last blog entry, I discussed the positive ROI for CFD simulation. The metrics used were very business-oriented such as reduction in lead time, costs, etc. A new example of this ROI is the fresh victory of  Red Bull Racing in the 2011 Formula One season. For the second year in a row  the Red Bull team has won both the Driver and Constructors’  titles for the 2011 Formula One Championship, thanks to a great Formula One design and a driver with extraordinary talent, Sebastian Vettel. Because of speed limits I cannot drive faster than 65 miles per hour (104 kilometers by hour)  so I cannot even start to explain how Sebastian Vettel performs so well at the high speeds of F1 races. However, I would venture to claim his performance is partly due to a great car — a car designed using CFD simulation.

Red Bull Racing performs more CFD simulations than actual physical testing. Designers and engineers embraced ANSYS CFD technology because of:

  • Extremely accurate and reliable predictions.
  • Drastically reduced lead times.
  • Cost reduction since less prototypes are needed.
  • Expertise and knowledge of ANSYS engineers.

Don’t believe me? Listen to the testimonial from the Red Bull Racing engineers.

I find it exhilarating when the best sportsmen meet the best technology and this leads to extraordinary victories. Join me in congratulating Red Bull Racing in this great performance Share other examples where CFD has played a major role in sport victories. Let us know of sports where CFD could be used. Let’s get the conversation started.

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About Gilles Eggenspieler

Gilles is the Director Academic Program (North America) at ANSYS. Before that, he worked for Fluent and ANSYS in different roles: fluid product line manager, consulting, technical services, training, etc. Gilles has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master's of Science from Ecole Nationale des Mines de Nancy, and a MBA from the Tepper Business School- Carnegie Mellon University.

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