Race Car Aerodynamics

by Joseph Katz

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New Directions in Race Car Aerodynamics is the first book to summarize the secrets of the rapidly developing field of high-speed vehicle design. Over the past 15 years, author Joseph Katz has been involved with aerodynamic development in the most competitive areas of motorsport today.

From Formula One, to Indy Car, Drag and Sedan Racing, this book provides clear explanations for both engineers who want to improve their design skills, and enthusiasts who want to understand how their favorite cars go fast.

Katz explains:
• How aerodynamics win races
• Why downforce is more important than streamlining and drag reduction
• Designing wings and venturis-what works and what doesn't
• Wind tunnel designs, methods and results-what you can and cannot believe
• Full definitions of terms, with equations and examples provided for determining key aerodynamic parameters like drag, lift and side-force coefficients, fluid viscosity, or wind-tunnel corrections
• Numerous examples using specific race cars, passenger-based prototypes, and open-wheel designs.

Table of Contents:

Overview: Aerodynamics and Race Cars

• The Impact of Aerodynamics on Vehicle Shape
• Aerodynamic Downforce and Performance
• Creating and Measuring Aerodynamic Forces
• How Aerodynamics Shapes Race Cars
• The Impact of Racing Aerodynamics on Production Cars
• The Following Chapters

Aerodynamic Forces and Terms
• Basic Terminology
• The Boundary Layer
• Bernoulli's Equation
• Flow Over Bodies and the Pressure Coefficient
• Drag, Lift, and Side Force
• Relevant Literature
• References

Tools of the Trade
• Road Testing
• Wind Tunnel Methods
• Computational Methods
• References

Airfoils and Wings
• Airfoils: Basic Definitions
• Finite Wings
• Basic Lifting Surface Interactions
• Examples of Various Airfoil Shapes
• References

Aerodynamics and Vehicle Performance
• Tire Performance
• Vehicle Dynamics
• The Effect of Aerodynamics on Performance
• References

Aerodynamics of the Complete Vehicle
• Basic Vehicle Body Concepts
• Aerodynamics of the Complete Vehicle
• Flow Over Wheels
• Sliding Seals and Skirts
• Underbody Channels (Venturis)
• Simple Add-ons: Spoilers, Strakes, and Wickers
• Internal Flow
• Race Car Wings
• References

Real-world Examples
• Milestones: Historically Important Designs
• More Current Examples
• References

Appendix 1: Drag Coefficients

Appendix 2: Wind Tunnels

285 Photographs and Illustrations.

product details

  • Publisher: Robert Bentley, Inc Publishers
  • ISBN: 0837601428 (0-837-60142-8)
  • ISBN-13: 9780837601427 (978-0-837-60142-7)
  • Format: Softcover, 316 pages


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