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PC solutions enable high-fidelity insight into car performance in shorter turnaround times for Red Bull Racing.
Red Bull Racing has been widely acknowledged as producing the fastest cars currently in F1. In 2011, fueled by race car design improvements made using simulation software from ANSYS, Red Bull Racing won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles of the season’s Formula One Championship. The team had won the same titles in 2010. Using ANSYS high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, the Red Bull Racing team continually and quickly optimized its car design in a virtual testing environment on the team’s suite of multicore compute clusters. The insights gained gave them a decisive speed advantage on the racetrack. While fluid dynamics simulation technology is widely used to predict and manage air flows around F1 cars to
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increase performance, time restrictions placed on all teams require quick, reliable and efficient simulations that also maintain a high degree of accuracy. As a long-term user of ANSYS HPC solutions, Red Bull Racing has benefited from recent technology advances. The team engages high-speed processors (CPUs) and related technologies to solve computationally intensive problems. Because ANSYS delivers significant HPC enhancements with each new release, the Red Bull Racing team is able to solve not only many more smaller models within the same time period, but also to more quickly solve full-car models that contain hundreds of millions of cells. “ANSYS HPC technology has ensured that we can test and implement changes quickly and competitively,” said Nathan Sykes, CFD team leader at Red Bull Racing. “This allows us to turn around simulation results for multiple designs between race qualifications on Fridays and Saturdays, and give our aerodynamics team the important and reliable evidence they need to base vital engineering
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decisions for the final races on Sunday. To retain freedom to innovate and adapt the car quickly, we rely on a robust modeling process. This puts new designs on the track quickly. To accomplish our goal, we continually need to leverage technologies that help us introduce and evaluate new ideas. With a significant reduction in process times over the last three years, ANSYS HPC solutions have continued to be the tool of choice for us.”

ANSYS CFD is used to optimize aerodynamics for Red Bull Racing.

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