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.
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!