There’s lots of talk about virtual design/manufacture/prototyping but starting next month it gets an extreme test. Virgin Racing recently launched their first Formula 1 car, the VR-01, for the 2010 season. Its a computer designed/tested car without the usual wind tunnel model validation. In a sport where hundredths of seconds count it’s severe test for those CFD equations.
The VR-01 is the first of a new breed of race car, designed exclusively using CFD – computational fluid dynamics. This radical all-digital design approach is driven by Virgin Racing technical super-brain, Nick Wirth.