A Ferrari Inspired Olympics Bobsleigh !

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are in full swing and, of course, any respected blog must talk about it! While there are many topics of great interest, I was looking for a story or achievement that may not be that obvious. Found one!

Did you know that Ferrari is racing in the Olympics? No, we will not see a Ferrari car racing in a cross country ski competition — although would be great to watch! But Ferrari is a key part of the Italian bobsleigh design team and did numerous computational fluid dynamics simulations of the bobsleigh. They studied the flow around the bobsleigh, around and between the racers, etc. The goal, of course, was to reduce the drag to ensure maximum speed on the track. 

And, if a picture is worth thousand words, a video is worth millions! Watch this video to see how Ferrari leverages CFD to design a fast bobsleigh.

computational fluid dynamics of the Italian bobsled team

Published on Jan 31, 2014
Luciano Mariella, Head of the aero development project for CONI – Ferrari, explains the details of his team’s work on the bob for the Italian national team.

Of course, I was extremely happy to see that the engineers are using ANSYS Fluent CFD software for their simulations — you can clearly see Fluent on the computer screens. I am very humbled seeing this great company use our software to design a fast bobsleigh for this major competition.

Now, many of you may be wondering: what about fluid dynamics simulation for car design at Ferrari? Well, Ferrari does that too! I invite you to visit our Ferrari information page to learn more.

Have a great time following the Olympics bobsleigh races or whichever sport you prefer, but don’t forget to cheer on your favorite team!

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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.

5 thoughts on “A Ferrari Inspired Olympics Bobsleigh !

  1. Thanks Gilles very nice and very surprising indeed. I recently read an article of a ski suit manufacturer doing more than 100 tests in a wind tunnel to reduce the drag by 17%. This is good. But don’t you think they could have achieved the same result, or perhaps even better, with simulation and maybe a couple of validations in the wind tunnel? This would have been faster and cheaper, isn’t? This could be a nice avenue for more innovations for the next Winter Games !

  2. They are using Fluent 14.0 someone should inform them about 14.5 (at that date, 08/20123) and 15.0 for today. New Ansys is a much more faster 😀

  3. Gilles (and others who are interested in product design evolution),

    It is instructive to see how much the bobsled design has evolved over time. To get a sense for bobsledding 90 years ago, take a look at http://youtu.be/cPvr1ZToBtg where you see the Swiss team participate in the 1924 Winter Olympics when bobsledding (or bobsleighing) was added as an Olympic event for the first time.

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