• NATALIA SOUSA

Red Bull Racing and Ansys, Fast-track race-winning design

Red Bull racing used Ansys simulation solutions and its advanced materials data management system to develop its Formula One race cars rapidly. Building on a 13-year relationship as innovation partners, Red Bull Racing and Ansys are continuing to drive engineering productivity and slash design cycle time by helping engineers create enhanced car designs faster.



Red Bull Racing's engineering team must operate within a tight development window to evolve race car aerodynamics and shave seconds off lap times with mere days to plan between competitions. The team relies on fluent and supporting Ansys computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions. The team's engineers can improve the design of the aerodynamic package for each race track, enabling more revisions and optimizations to be made in the virtual world before moving to physical manufacture. Fluent's automated workflow serves as a core component of the team's virtual wind tunnel to run external aerodynamic simulations and enables the team to develop the chassis cooling circuit to support the Honda Power Unit to achieve its optimum performance.


Additionally, engineers leverage Ansys Granta MI, a single source of truth materials data management system that enables engineers to swiftly select materials, reduce errors and drive team collaboration. The team also uses LS Dyna which can define the car crash structures by simulating and correlating impacts with real-world testing, significantly decreasing the need for physical tests.

"Digital simulation is core to Red Bull Racing's rapid design process and extending our innovation partnership with Ansys ensures that our team continues to benefit from best-in-class simulation technologies," said Matt Cadieux, chief information officer at Red Bull Racing. "As a team, we are always pushing our innovation partners to deliver the latest competition-beating tools to maximize on-track performance. By integrating Ansys' technology into our design processes, our team iterates aerodynamic designs much faster, giving us the edge against our competition on the track."

"Facing extremely short development periods between races to overcome complex aerodynamic design issues creates major hurdles for developing enhanced Formula One cars," said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president at Ansys. "By renewing our longstanding partnership with Red Bull Racing, their team's engineers will continue to rely on Ansys' high-fidelity simulation solutions to speed the design of championship race cars that consistently outpace and outperform the competition."