PITTSBURGH — The Red Bull Racing Formula One team is accelerating its performance with ANSYS engineering simulation software. Through an extended agreement, Red Bull Racing Formula One will leverage ANSYS’ technology to optimize its vehicle design enhancements and aim to give the team a competitive edge on the track.
During a race, aerodynamic design can be a major differentiator to the performance of vehicles on a track. With limited physical testing available and impending race deadlines, the use of simulation in the aerodynamic design of the vehicle is vital. ANSYS’ computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and high-performance computing (HPC) software enables Red Bull Racing to simulate air flows around its vehicle designs under a range of conditions. This enables the team to assess, select and optimize designs for aero-critical components and assemblies, such as braking, cooling and exhaust systems.
ANSYS CFD solutions provide the power to model and simulate all fluid processes — including fluid–structure multiphysics interactions — so users can have confidence that their product will perform optimally before making the first prototype. ANSYS HPC specifically enables parallel processing for solution of the toughest, higher-fidelity models — including more geometric detail, larger systems and more complex physics.
“Working closely with ANSYS to manage and deliver our extensive CFD requirements has been a very successful partnership for us, delivering real improvements in our turnaround time and accuracy of simulation,” said Nathan Sykes, head of numerical tools and technologies, Red Bull Racing. “Virtual simulation and analysis now makes up such a significant part of our design process, it’s essential to be working closely with the CFD industry’s leading software supplier — and certainly contributes to our competitive advantage on track.”
“We’re excited to continue our ongoing collaboration with Red Bull Racing and further enable the team to overcome increasingly difficult design challenges,” said Sandeep Sovani, Director of Global Automotive Industry at ANSYS. “Teams are always looking for a competitive edge, and simulation provides it with cutting-edge, fast and reliable tools to validate and optimize every aspect of a race car throughout the design process with complete accuracy and confidence.”