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Race Engineering day by day - Friday

Out of all the days of a race weekend, it may surprise you that Friday is actually the busiest. Race day on Sunday is surprisingly straightforward, with minimal commitments in the morning. In this article, we'll dive into what's required from a Race Engineer during a Friday of a race weekend. ...

March 24, 2022

Race Engineering day by day - Thursday

The role of a Race Engineer varies drastically throughout a race weekend. To help us understand this, we’ve tasked one of our tutors, former Senior Performance Engineer at Williams Racing, to explain the jobs, responsibilities and goals of a Race Engineer during each day of a race weekend....

March 17, 2022

Build your own Race Strategy gapper tool

In our previous blog, we discussed how teams analyse F1 race strategy using race history or gapper plots. In this article we will explain how to build your very own gapper tool using Excel. This will allow you to create a gapper plot for any F1 race, so you can analyse different strategies and practice your race strategy skills....

February 9, 2022

How do teams analyse F1 race strategy?

Keeping track of the relative position of all competitors in time and on the ground, is vital to understanding the strategy of any motorsport race. This is particularly true in longer format race events such as F1, Indycar and WEC. In F1, teams have access to full race timing and GPS data and use various software tools to process, analyse and display this information. However, live lap times and positions give no context on how the race is panning out or how it may unfold in the future. For this...

February 8, 2022

How to set-up a race car

Regardless of the level of motorsport, the car that turns up at an event is a product of a lot of design effort. This might be supported by a vast Formula 1 team or the result of a one-man track day car build. They have done their best to build the ultimate racing machine, but, if you turn up at a track with it as designed, you’re unlikely to win. That's because all circuits, hill climbs and rally stages have different layouts and characteristics. This includes the number of corners, tarmac ty...

November 6, 2021

What are Formula 1 simulators used for?

Driver in the loop simulators have become much more than driver training tools. Each Formula 1 team now has its own designated simulator driver who can complete up to 450 laps or 8 race distances before each race. During a race weekend, the simulator runs alongside practice sessions and even when the race has finished, the simulator keeps going; conducting vital correlation work. Today's Formula 1 simulators are now high-level vehicle development tools which help the drivers and engineers at the...

August 30, 2021

2021 Formula Student Competition - Winners announced!

Our 2021 Formula Student competition was a great success and thank you to all of the participants who entered this year! This year's competition provided the opportunity for the lucky winner to receive a free place on one of our upcoming online modules. With 5 runners-up having the chance to win a £100 voucher towards a 2021 online module.  After receiving an impressive number of entries, a name was drawn at random, and the winner of this year’s MIA School of Race Engineering c...

August 13, 2021

How do F1 teams use Vehicle Modeling?

The vehicle dynamics group own one of the most jealously guarded pieces of intellectual property in a Formula 1 team: the vehicle model. But what is a vehicle model and how is it used?...

July 21, 2021

Formula 1 Vehicle Dynamics

Designing a racing car is a complicated business. Over 14,500 components make up a modern Formula 1 car and teams can spend $400 million a year to ultimately optimise the performance of each of those parts. But how do you go about directing that process and what areas should you focus on to maximise the car’s ultimate performance at the track?...

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