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International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics 2018

  • Flow-viz: Optimal Aerodynamics Performance via Flow Visualization

     In modern racing aerodynamics, more research and development is currently being invested in numerical methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as computer technology and capability continues to rapidly improve.However,WindTunnels remain an invaluable tool for examining and optimizing flow features for aerodynamic performance and capturing data for correlation studies. To better understand the nature of these flow fields during Wind Tunnel and on-track testing, the flow can be ‘visualised’ by using a dye, smoke or pigment in the airflow near the area under investigation. This helps to reveal details of flow behaviour such as the direction of streamlines and flow separation from the surface.

  • CFD Formula 1 Rule Changes

     The battles in Formula 1 are not just fought out at the track – there is plenty of fighting behind the scenes as well. These conflicts usually surround new regulations which the FIA introduce to try and reduce costs. However, this just results in the teams investing their money elsewhere – typically within the loop holes of those new rules. This then forces the FIA to react with new regulations and this never-ending circle continues – welcome to the game of Formula 1. A prime example of this is the FIA’s attempt to restrict wind tunnel and CFDtesting –something they have been trying to achieve since 2009. However, every limit that is introduced simply triggers the teams to find new ways of maximising the data outputfrom both their wind tunnel and CFD. Therefore, the teams with the highest budgets always come out on top. Download the full article on CFD F1 Rule Changes today!


  • GM on aerodynamics grille shutters and Nissan Europe on their aerodynamics and aeroacoustics development!

    Dr. Sanjay Kumarasamy from General Motors who will present on aerodynamics grille shutters – application and Luca Brondolo from the Nissan Technical Centre Europe who will discuss the aerodynamics and aeroacoustics development at NTCE provide a first insight of their presentation at the upcoming 4th International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics on November 21-22, 2018 in Crewe, UK, in the following exclusive interview.

  • Wind Tunnels vs CFD

    In recent years, it has constantly been said that computational fluid dynamics (CFD) would revolutionise aerodynamic development of racecars. This has indeed been the case, supported by the relentless development in computational technology and modelling techniques of the modern era. However, CFD has not yet advanced enough to replace Wind Tunnels entirely, as was initially forecasted years ago.

  • VW Motorsport on the aero development of the Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak and Vectoflow on 3D printing impact

    An exclusive interview from our speakers, Hervé Dechipre from Volkswagen Motorsport who will present on the aerodynamic development of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak and Katharina Kreitz from Vectoflow GmbH. who will discuss how 3D printing revolutionizes the aerodynamic measurement technology at the upcoming 4th International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics on November 21-22, 2018 in Crewe, UK.

  • Professor Willem Toet from Sauber Aerodynamics on F1 aerodynamics and the impact of technical regulations

    Professor Willem Toet from Sauber Aerodynamics Ltd is a visiting Professor at Bolton University and lecturer at prestigious universities around the world. With over 30 years of experience in F1, mainly as Head of Aerodynamics at companies such as Benetton, Ferrari, BMW and Sauber Motorsport, he will present on both days at the upcoming 4th International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics on November 21-22, 2018 in Crewe, UK. In the following exclusive interview Professor Toet provides a first overview of his presentations.

  • LMP1 aerodynamics and aerodynamics of a treaded, rotating tire

    An exclusive interview from our speakers, Damien Favre from Porsche AG who will present on the aerodynamics development of an LMP1 car and Peter Altmann from Siemens Industry Software GmbH. who will discuss the aerodynamics of a treaded, rotating tire with ground contact at the upcoming 4th International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics on November 21-22, 2018 in Crewe, UK.

  • The latest case studies by Audi AG and Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

    An exclusive interview from our speakers, Christopher Collin from Audi AG who will present the correction for the open jet interference in automotive wind tunnels and Kunihiko Yoshitake from Honda R&D Co., Ltd. who will discuss the prediction method of snow ingress amount into an air intake duct employing LES and a detailed wall behavior model.

  • Tech Explained: Formula Student Aerodynamics

    For the Universities who can afford it, extravagant and complex aerodynamic packages are now a ‘must’ for teams to triumph at competitions. This trend began back in 2002 when the Australian based Monash University team utilised their famous Wind Tunnel to develop their first Aero package. Since then, many teams have followed suit and it is now common practice for teams to design Aero packages, even if finances and resources mean it never ends up on the final racecar in competition.

  • Participating Companies at the Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics Forum 2017

                                  All companies that have already confirmed their participation at the International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics 2017 as of November 22, 2017.

  • Formula E vs Formula 1 Aerodynamics

    In Formula 1, Aerodynamic performance is one of the key differentiators between the teams at the back of the grid and those winning the Championship. Of course, both reliability and performance of the power units are also crucial to success, however these are not entirely under the team’s control. Formula E however has a completely different ethos.

    This article provides a thorough analysis on the subject.

  • Electric supercars and safety improvements in LMP1-H cars

    Electric vehicles are becoming more mainstream during the last few years. Their development and presence in the market has been stronger than ever due to the various advantages they offer, such as environmental benefits, fuel efficiency and innovation among others; adding to these, many initiatives provide tax incentives in the EV purchase. However, lately, many OEMs attempt to push the speed boundaries with their EVs. One of them is the Chinese start-up NIO and its launch of the EP9. Our speaker, Bo Zhu from NIO Co., Ltd. will present EP9 aerodynamic features: concepts and realization. On a different note, our speaker, Damien Favre from Porsche AG will discuss the safety improvements on LMP1-H cars through aerodynamics changes. In this exclusive interview, they provide us with a first overview of their presentations

  • The story behind the design & performance of a Formula 1 car

    The story behind the design and performance of a Formula 1 car: From F1 regulations and their interpretation, the challenges of designing a F1 car to the contribution of aerodynamics to performance

  • Exclusive case study: Transient aerodynamic loads

    In the following exclusive in depth case study, entitled “On the Influence of Transient Aerodynamic Heave Vibrations on Racing Car Suspension Parameters: Quarter Car Sample”, Enrique Scalabroni, Timoteo Briet and Dr. Ignacio Suárez Marcelo study the effect of transient aerodynamic loads on the downforce of a vehicle. Heave vibrations on an aileron are analyzed on a simulation model and the data obtained in this simulation model are validated both in a steady and a transient state for different frequencies (1-800Hz). These results lead to the obtainment of a transfer function for the downforce on the aileron in question. Finally, a new quarter car model including aerodynamic effects from these studies is presented and some results on the influence of heave transient aerodynamics loads on a racing car are obtained.

  • Volvo on aerodynamic truck & IVK University of Stuttgart on aerodynamic studies!

    Volvo Truck’s new concept vehicle cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%. Our speaker, Anders Tenstam from Volvo Group, at the upcoming 3rd International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics, will present the aerodynamic challenges and opportunities for the Volvo Concept Truck. Further, our speaker, Chenyi Zhang from IVK University of Stuttgart focuses on the underbody parameters of DrivAer-Model with respect to ground simulation. In this exclusive interview, they provide us with a first overview of their presentations.

  • Formula 1 Aerodynamics Challenges and Solutions

    Nikolas Tombazis, former Chief Aerodynamicist for Benetton, Ferrari and Manor Racing with other 23 years' of experience in F1 teams is an honorary guest at the International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics, 30th November-1st of December 2017 in Manchester, UK. From comparing CFD and wind tunnel testing, discussing aerodynamic technologies that differentiate an F1 from a road car, analysing simulation tools that assist in designing an F1 car to reviewing the effect of stringent FIA regulations and limitations, Mr. Tombazis shares his insight in this exclusive interview.



  • How FIA's regulations affect aerodynamics?

    One of the FIA's key objectives is to encourage and implement the adoption of common regulations for all forms of motor sports and series across the world. But how these regulations affect the aerodynamics and car design will be investigated by our speaker Franck Sanchez from Scuderia Toro Rosso. On the other hand, our speaker Alberto Maggioni from Sauber Motorspost AG will present the main aerodynamic difference between "Open vs Closed" wheels in racecars. In this exclusive interview, they provide us with a first overview of their presentations.

  • External Water Management and Aerodynamic Drag

    A common measure, with regard to aerodynamics, in automotive design is the drag coefficient and its impact on vehicle performance. External water management is one of the disciplines to be considered in vehicle aerodynamic design and the design of water management systems. Over the years, there have been various approaches in the simulation of surface water movement. In this interview, our speakers, Adrian Gaylard from Jaguar Land Rover and Dr. Jeff Howell from the University of Loughborough discuss these matters and provide us with a first overview of their presentations.

  • Aerodynamic Optimization: Automotive Engineering

    Wind tunnel testing with physical prototypes has long served as the core testing method for automotive OEMs as they reach the final stages of development. However, there is a mounting body of evidence that suggests the time has come for automakers to transition their emphasis away from wind tunnel testing and toward vehicle development processes based on digital simulation.Read this white paper to learn five compelling reasons why simulation-driven design provides a more accurate, integrated and cost-effective design process and where wind tunnels fall short. Also, further understand how this can positively impact quality, budget and overall design and performance. Learn more about the benefits of Exa’s simulation-driven design and how it enables automotive OEMs improve their vehicles today.
  • Article: Aston Martin, GM, Audi, Honda, JLR on Aerodynamics Process & Performance Updates

    New developments in aerodynamics center largely on process and modeling, pushing the standard of vehicle performance towards frictionless, quiet enjoyment. While Aston Martin is moving through modeling to the wind tunnel and finally track testing, General Motors focuses on using modeling tools that are capable and accurate, efficient and fast. Audi is developing processes to take advantage of new modeling techniques, while focusing on anticipating trends in national and international CO2 regulation. Visibility and aerodynamics is addressed by JLR and Honda aims to predict water ingress much earlier in the design phase. Scania CV is focusing on methods for efficient drag reduction in heavy vehicles and Nissan is using CFD simulations to assess different designs before they are validated in a wind tunnel.


  • Article: F1- Deep Blue Destiny

    In the wake of calls for a ban on wind tunnel testing in Formula One, much finger-pointing and inward-thinking has overlooked the potential of computational fluid dynamics playing a much larger role in motor sport's design process. While at present CFD poses no substitute for wind tunnel analysis, the broadstroke approach to the medium may allow for greater design scope not seen since the 1970's and offer a viable economic alternative for teams on the financial bubble of Formula One. Trent Price, Editor of the WEC/Formula E magazine E-Racing in this exclusive article is featuring the views of  leading experts such as revered Formula One and Le Mans Designer Enrique Scalabroni, Adrian Newey, Luca Marmorini, James Alison, Pat Symonds among many others on this topic.



  • The Internect experience: Exclusive eRacing review

    The eRacing magazine attended Internect's 1st International Forum Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics 2015 and provides a complete and thorough insight of the event, from the diversity of presenters and topics, thought-provoking discussions to the unique conference network-oriented structure.

  • Aerodynamics challenges towards environmental conditions

    Due to environmental changes, many countries all over the world are affected by heavy rainfall and floods. Thus, the protection of the engine intake duct by water ingress is of concern for the auto makers. Further, vehicle engineering challenges grow as customers are demanding vehicle systems which are robust to environmental contaminants (water, road soil, etc.) but stil maintain the vehicle aesthetics.

  • Interview: The story behind the design and performance of a Formula 1 car!

     Willem Toet, Lecturer at the Oxford Brookes University and our speaker at the 2nd International Forum Advanced Aerodynamics will be presenting the story behind the design and performance of a Formula 1 car. From regulations and their interpretation, the challenges of designing a Formula 1 car to the contribution of aerodynamics to performance. Mr. Toet shares his insight in this exclusive interview.


  • Article: Blown Away

    10 years ago, reports predicted the extinction of Wind Tunnels. Why then, are more built? By 2020 an additional 8-10 Wind Tunnels will be built in Europe alone, therefore, the automotive and motorsport industries are clearly continuing their investment in Wind Tunnel technology, the question is why? Fresh from her visit to the International Forun of Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics which took place in June 9-10, 2015, in Nantwich, UK Gemma Hatton investigated.

  • Article: The Aero Kit & Kaboodle

    Whether you’re dealing with an overall concept or a just bit player, the influence of aerodynamics is inescapable. Trent Price, Editor of the WEC/Formula E magazine E-Racing asked model maker Ander Lujambio and mechanical engineer Elisabeth De Sola how almost every exposed (and sometimes concealed) composite part on a racing car can be integrated to improve aerodynamic efficiency.


  • Interview: Automotive Aerodynamic Design- Alternative Methods & Techniques

    The demand for faster production time to market and the necessity for drag reduction has shifted the focus of automotive aerodynamics engineers onalternative methods and techniques of product development both for passenger cars and heavy vehicles. Active flow control, CFD simulations, scale model testing as well as alternative measures of drag and their parameters are among the engineering research scope to develop aerodynamic cars that save on fuel and cost.In this exclusive interview the speakers at our upcoming International Conference Advanced Automotive Aerodynamics discuss how they overcome these challenges and provide a first overview of their presentations.


  • Interview: New Aerodynamic Challenges in Motorsport & Sports Cars Design

    The field of automotive aerodynamics has seen the introduction of new challenges in the motorsport field and the design of sports cars. New technical and sporting regulations, CFD and wind tunnel testing restrictions, drag, as well as aero-thermal considerations, downforce and styling are among the engineering research scope. In this interview 4 OEM experts discuss these challenges and regulatory changes and provide us a first overview of their presentations.

  • Participating Companies at the Automotive Thermal Management Forum 2018

    All companies that have already confirmed their participation at the International Forum Automotive Thermal Management 2018 in Michigan as of February 13, 2018.