software is making P424 possible
Simulation is replacing physical testing at all levels of the racing car development process
10 years ago we could test 30% of an F1 car design exclusively in simulation. In Formula E, we can test 60% of the car in simulation. P424 will be designed and tested 95% in the virtual world and limit physical testing to the minimum.
Software reduces RnD cost significantly
Traditionally an OEM would invest 50 to 100 million USD to develop a racing car for Le Mans. With software we will reduce that cost by an order of magnitude. As an example the NIO EP9 was one of the first car of its kind entirely developed in CFD.
Software speeds up the RnD process
It takes months to build a car and put it on a track for testing. It only takes days to run digital simulations. The secret is to have the required experience to run simulations properly.
Software empowers designers and developers
Designers can now perform their own tests on their own desktop without having to involve a chain of people. Designers can get cost estimates for 3D printed parts in minutes using online quotes without waiting for a procurement team to contact their network of suppliers. Less management is needed when designers can perform their own design and testing loop.
Full size models at various attitudes including external and internal flows (brake cooling and radiator cooling)
Linear stress analysis for K&C (kinematics and compliances)
EV Drivetrain development
Thermal simulation of battery cooling inside modules
Thermal simulation of battery system in car environment during race distance
Gear mesh sliding simulation for efficiency (multi-body simulation)
Oil movement simulation for churning losses and pick-up pressure effectiveness (based on a weakly-compressible SPH formulation)
Bearing life simulation based on season duty cycle
Lap Time Simulation
Quasi-static lap simulation using single mass point on fixed trajectory for first order design decisions
Dynamic simulation using trajectory actively optimised for second order design decisions and setup optimisation
Multi-lap simulation for energy usage optimisation during a race (very important for EV racing cars like Formula E)