Motorsport to Aerospace
Motorsport to Aerospace Partners
Aerodynamically, a racecar essentially operates as an aeroplane in reverse. In fact, an F1 car produces enough downforce that, theoretically, it could overcome gravity and race upside-down along a ceiling. Downforce and drag levels are so important that racing teams commit huge amounts of R&D resource to improving their cars' aerodynamic performance.
Given the financial rewards of victory, motorsport engineers are some of the world's most advanced aerodynamicists. Race teams operate windtunnels and, in the case of F1 teams, run them in shifts on an almost 24/7 basis. Motorsport has also been at the forefront of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and hardware development. In this area, synergies between motorsport and aerospace design are immediately apparent - with many aerospace companies frequently turning to motorsport to provide aerodynamic design assistance.
|Aerodynamics are a key performance differentiator in motorsport and windtunnel use is commonplace||
Wirth Research is a world-leader
Aerospace and motorsport manufacturing demands are also similar: Top-end motorsport habitually uses aerospace-grade metals, and advanced metrological inspection - meaning that many motorsport firms have the ISO accreditation necessary for aerospace supply.
Over 80% of an F1 car's volume is made from composite materials - and its advanced use in aerodynamic and structural components has been the norm for over two decades. Historically, Lola Group, a successful racing car manufacturer, diversified into aerospace - completing composite design and manufacturing projects for BAE Systems; Thales' and Meggitt Defence Systems'.
Windtunnel model of Lola's IndyCar proposal, with a Voodoo UAV in the background
|BAE Systems Mantis UAS||
Some Motorsport to Aerospace testimonials
“Thanks to the MIA’s visit to Airbus, I have had the opportunity to visit somewhere that would not have been ordinarily possible. The visit was interesting and informative, and also gave me the initial contact into Airbus direct.” - Mick Strong - Ricardo UK
“Many thanks to the MIA team, I found the Airbus visit and tour very interesting. Lola is very much involved in the supply of tooling and composite parts for the Aerospace industry so I found the presentation and tour of the assembly and manufacturing facilities very useful.” - Vernon Thomas - Lola Composites
Motorsport to Aerospace News
- Rolls-Royce selects MIA member Ricardo as Engineering & Manufacturing Technology Partner
- MIA Members' discount - Maximising Performance: Advances in Aerospace Transmissions Technologies (IMechE Seminar)
- Acquisitions and creation of Sigma Composites business
Upcoming Motorsport to Aerospace Events
Past Motorsport to Aerospace Events
- Aero Engineering 2012, Hall 1, NEC Birmingham - 7-8 November
- Farnborough International Air Show - 9-13 July 2012
- Aero Engineering, NEC Birmingham - 9-10 November 2011
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