Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology developed by simulation software specialist ANSYS has helped Ferrari to improve the aerodynamic performance of its car designs.
ANSYS says its digital tools have played a key role in boosting Ferrari past its competition to secure the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ titles in the GTE Pro class and the teams’ title in the GTE Am class, ending the 2013 racing season on a high note.
Ferrari has leveraged ANSYS software to reduce overall drag, maximise downforce and to optimise its complex brake cooling systems, all of which are essential to keeping the car running properly. To this end, Ferrari engineers have extensively automated the simulation process and run many design iterations to improve speed, reliability and safety.
“Ferrari relies on fast and accurate simulation to design winning race cars like the 458 GT,” said Gilles Eggenspieler, senior product manager for the fluids line at ANSYS. “ANSYS’ systematic approach to simulation enables engineers to conveniently evaluate multiple product design ideas across a range of operating conditions, leading to enhanced product performance and integrity.”
“The reliability of our cars has been one of the main drivers of our success for a second year running in this category,” said Enrico Cardile, responsible for aerodynamics, thermal management and air conditioning at Ferrari. “As we begin to prepare for the upcoming 2014 season, we’re confident that the high-fidelity results from ANSYS simulation will help us stay ahead of our competition both on and off the track.”