Engineer's View: The role of simulation in anticipating rule changes
When new regulations are written, the race to understand how each change will impact every other element of car design begins. To shortcut this learning curve, engineers have an array of simulation tools at their disposal, but the raw data alone doesn't provide the answers
Whenever rule changes in any motorsport category are on the horizon, it brings about new challenges for engineers. Typically, rule changes have the potential to shake up the competitive order because some teams adapt better and faster than others. To be among those who get it right first, there are a number of different tools available for engineers to use.
Looking at Formula 1's next set of technical regulations - now delayed until 2022 - the changes to the aerodynamics and the introduction of the 18-inch wheels in particular stand out. To prepare for these, teams can employ numerous different simulations that will provide them with answers to the various scenarios they are looking at.
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