The name Formula 1 (F1) is synonymous with speed. F1 has the fastest regulated racing cars in the world, which race in the annual international FIA Formula One World Championship. Recently, F1 needed to redesign its cars to reduce the impact of the turbulent wake that limits the speed and acceleration of following cars. “Ultimately, we wanted to reduce the wake so spectators can see more overtakes and closer wheel-to-wheel action,” says Pat Symonds, chief technical officer for Formula 1.
To redesign its cars, F1 needed to move away from its on-premises computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology environment, which it uses along with wind tunnel testing to design and test the aerodynamic properties of cars. “We wanted more fidelity in terms of simulation detail for designing our cars,” Symonds says. “Also, we needed more scalability and we wanted to reduce our simulation cycle, so we could perform more complex CFD simulations while decreasing overall execution time.”