2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Aerodynamics of a Formula 1 Car
Cameron J. Sweeney
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor

Formula 1, the most popular form of auto racing in the world, is the pinnacle of the intersection of engineering and sports. Constructors invest millions of dollars to create, design, and build the fastest car possible within a given set of rules. In the early days success was closely tied to engine performance, however recent rule changes have severely limited the variation in engines thus placing a heavier focus on the aerodynamics of the car. I will discuss the underlying physics behind the aerodynamic elements of the Formula 1 race car as well as how they relate to maximizing the cars on-track performance. I will also discuss how specific rules limit the ability of the constructors to create the fastest car possible.

Keywords: physics, engineering, aerodynamics

Topic(s):Physics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 18-2
Location: MG 1096
Time: 9:45

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