Wednesday, 27 November 2013

F1 Wind Tunnel


The University of Southampton runs a race car aerodynamics course for fourth year engineering students. One of the labs for the course involves changing front and rear wing angles on a 1/2 scale F1 car model in a wind tunnel, and looking at how the downforce on the front and rear of the car, and thus the balance of the car, changes.

This is the model in the 11' x 8' test section of the R.J. Mitchell wind tunnel, the largest of the university's wind tunnels, in November 2013. The model was donated to the university by the BAR Honda F1 team in 2006, and is a design from the 2001 season.

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