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Vehicle
Dynamics

Our Vehicle Dynamics module took place on the 14th August and 4th September 2021. Contact elinor.morris@the-mia.com to register your interest for next year.

Our expert tutors explained global car performance as well as the fundamentals behind suspension, ride, handling and tyres. Attendees learnt how teams use simulation, rigs and simulators to optimise performance.

Featured tutors from the following companies and teams

Our Vehicle Dynamics module took place on the 14th August and 4th September 2021

Vehicle Dynamics Part 1

James Knapton Head of Vehicle Science
James Knapton

Head of Vehicle Science

Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Global racecar performance

  • Find out how sensitivity studies establish key performance areas
  • Discover how engineers manage the trade-offs between corner gain vs speed, downforce vs drag, aerodynamic performance vs mechanical performance, single lap tyre performance vs race pace, power unit performance vs fuel vs energy consumption
  • Understand why low speed corners are important to overall lap time
  • Learn how teams choose the philosophy of their car and develop this throughout the season
Geoff Dymott Former Senior Performance Engineer
Geoff Dymott

Former Senior Performance Engineer

Williams Racing

Ride modelling

  • Understand the different components within a damper and how dampers can be used to optimise the contact patch load of the tyres
  • Use tools such as a ride model and damper scan to analyse and optimise performance
  • Find out how the road surface is approximated in ride models 
James Knapton Head of Vehicle Science
James Knapton

Head of Vehicle Science

Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Suspension

  • Learn the theory behind suspension layouts used in motorsport
  • Study the different components and requirements of both inboard and outboard suspension
  • Make sense of camber gain and how teams use this to maximise traction
  • Understand roll balance and how anti roll bars, roll damper, compliant drop links and pushrod on uprights can all be used to increase performance
  • Find out how engineers select springs for specific ride height windows 
Gemma Hatton Former F1 Tyre Engineer
Gemma Hatton

Former F1 Tyre Engineer

James Knapton Head of Vehicle Science
James Knapton

Head of Vehicle Science

Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Tyre performance


  • Overview of the mechanisms behind tyre grip, wear and degradation and how this varies from soft to hard compounds
  • Discover the importance of tyre temperature and how engineers use the working range to maximise grip
  • Understand the effects of tyre pressure and how this affects the contact patch
  • Analyse tyre degradation throughout a stint and find out how to optimise car set-up for short and long stints
  • Learn how the track layout affects different tyres on the car, how teams cope with new tracks and the importance of surface roughness
  • Overview of tyre models and how these are used in F1 teams

Vehicle Dynamics Part 2

James Knapton Head of Vehicle Science
James Knapton

Head of Vehicle Science

Red Bull Advanced Technologies

João Ginete Performance Engineer Jota Sport
João Ginete

Performance Engineer

Jota Sport

Handling

  • Understand handling, understeer, oversteer, stability, yaw damping and load sensitivity
  • Discover how car balance and the driving line influences handling throughout the different phases of a corner
  • Study friction circles, grip balance and how long run balance progression is monitored
  • Find out the tools engineers use to identify handling issues and the tricks used to optimise handling


    Jon Marshall Head of Vehicle Science
    Jon Marshall

    Head of Vehicle Science

    Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team

    Simulation toolchain*

    • Overview of the different types of simulation and modelling tools used by Vehicle Dynamicists and the application of each (driver models, dynamic models, lap sim, simulator models)
    • Understand the data required to populate simulation tools and how these tools should be verified
    • Discover the current and future trends of simulation and how the performance tool landscape is changing as well as the skills you’ll need to be successful
    Blake Hinsey Simulator Performance Engineer Red Bull Racing
    Blake Hinsey

    Simulator Performance Engineer

    Red Bull Racing

    Geoff Dymott Former Head
    Geoff Dymott

    Former Head of Prototype & Test

    Williams Racing

    Research and development

    • Discover the philosophy and tools teams use to design a new racecar and develop an existing one
    • Identify the various noise sources in track, race and simulator data including driver improvement, track rubbering in, track dust removal, ambient air temp, track temp, traffic, tyre deg, compound changes, fuel level changes, engine mode changes and air density changes
    • Overview of 7 post rigs, K&C rigs, dynamic corner rigs, suspension sub-system rigs, tyre test rigs, wing and bodywork test rigs, suspension component test rigs and tub test rigs
    • Overview of chassis dynos, damper and inerter dynos, gearbox dynos, brake dynos and power unit dynos
    Helen Makey Vehicle Dynamics Engineer
    Helen Makey

    Senior Vehicle Dynamics Engineer

    Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team

    Role of a Vehicle Dynamicist

    • Find out the daily tasks of Vehicle Dynamics engineers and the most important skills and qualities required to be successful
    • Overview of the main roles of a Vehicle Dynamics department including 1st order understanding of what is important, supporting other departments, understanding aero maps, load cases, spring and damper ranges, tyre contact patch loads, competitor analysis, simulation tool correlation, rig testing, race weekend support, powertrain energy management
    • Discover the skills and qualities that makes a good Vehicle Dynamics engineer

    Bonus Q&A session

    • Find out what it’s really like working trackside and at the factory
    • Exclusive tips and advice to help you get a job in F1
    • Find out what F1 teams are looking for in candidate

    * Please note schedule is subject to change

    Testimonials

    "I thought the module was really well done. James' slides were very informative, clear and useful. Blake’s comments were very valuable."

    "Thank you for making this great knowledge available and accessible to everybody with an interest in Motorsport. It is incredible having great professionals from the Motorsport world explaining the theory behind it. Really awesome experience and highly recommend."

    "It was very refreshing for me to come back after many years of absence in the racing environment. This course was excellent to update some concepts and more over, how the information has been handled at the current time. Many thanks!"

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