Motorsports

In automobile racing, winning is inextricably linked in some fashion to speed – and we don’t just mean lightning-fast lap times but speed of technology deployment. Our software products are used with that single, principal aim in mind - delivering a rapid, first-time-right design.

From NASCAR to Formula 1, and from rallying to stock-car racing, one can argue there are few things in life that inspire as much emotion and excitement as do motorsports. Unified in a perpetual state of wide open throttle, all forms of automobile racing employ some combination of velocity, acceleration and G-forces to deliver a potent, high-adrenaline experience unlike any other.

Modern race teams are employing every tool imaginable to lock-in the checkered flag on race day. Due to the highly regulated nature of motorsports intended to foster an even playing field, a winning edge must necessarily derive from incremental improvements. Think ‘evolution’ and not ‘revolution’ here. An amalgamation of minute tweaks, adjustments, and optimizations that culminate in just enough added downforce, reduced weight, or enhanced fuel efficiency could easily mean the difference between victory and defeat.

To go after these small but crucial pockets of opportunity that potentially aggregate into a winning advantage, race teams today are embracing simulation and CAE technology. Quite simply the winning teams are beating the competition by doing a better job of "Simulating Reality" - aiming to ‘get it right first time’. CAE simulation saves time by significantly reducing physical testing and allows the engineering design team to quickly and accurately evaluate design alternatives. To identify problems as early as possible, the best-in-class are more likely to take a systematic approach with simulation, and regularly perform analyses throughout the design process.

MSC was the natural choice of partner. MSC’s subsequent acquisition of MDI brought the Adams suite of tools into the portfolio, allowing us to also simulate the vehicles mechanical systems, and to generate more accurate set-up data and structural loadings."
-Steve Nevey, Business Development Manager and Technical Consultant
Red Bull Racing
MSC Software is used for many types of motorsport simulations:
  • Ride and handling
  • Weight optimization
  • Noise and vibration
  • Acoustics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Durability and fatigue
  • Crash and safety
  • Closed course path optimization
  • Structural analysis of components
  • Composite material modeling
  • Thermal performance
  • Mechatronics
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Multidiscipline analysis
  • Track simulations
  • Ride height and spring/damper influence
Engineers use MSC Software for:
  • Suspension systems
  • Elastomeric components
  • Composites
  • Adhesive bonds
  • Rear sway bar arms
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic actuators
  • Engines and drivetrains
  • Tire and ground contact forces
  • Control systems
  • Front and rear wings
  • Roll cage and shells
  • Composite gearboxes