F1 » Virgin Racing releases technical director Nick Wirth

In the wake of its abject start to the F1 2011 World Championship campaign, Virgin Racing has announced that it has parted company with technical director Nick Wirth to 'take greater control of its own destiny'

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kenny zahrt - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 12:13 PM

shame, the guy was brilliant, but what do people expect when I suspect his company were paid a pittance to do the job..whether its wind tunnels or CFD, money still makes the wheels go round..

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 12:17 PM

CFD is an amazing and useful bit of tech but it is not a magical cure-all.

Nothing like real-world testing.
Even wind tunnel testing is not 100%- thanks to possible errors in setup or calculations as has been proven this year by Ferrari.

CFD has far more variables than a wind tunnel and if even one is slightly off than the results are garbage.

One day it may be able to be used without a wind tunnel but that day is not yet here.

Sorry Nick, but maybe you should have been more willing to add more well proven methods to the repertoire at Virgin. Now they will do so without you.


June 02, 2011 12:19 PM

Budget F1 just doesnt work, I wanted Wirth to have success being as his company is situated quite close to my neck of the woods, but depending almost solely on one of the many tools that the competition is using was unlikely to succeed. Pat Symonds is no fool and will at the very least point them in the right direction!

Mr Know It All - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 12:37 PM

I think it was best for all concerned, Mr Wirth and Mr Symonds do not have a historically good relationship, the money was probably not available to go forward with the CFD idea. At least the car looked nice and not bodged in any way.

Super Hunky - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 12:48 PM

It's a pity that Mr Wirth had to part company with Virgin, the idea of CFD design only was spawned whilst Max was bandying around the budget cap idea. When this was subsequently axed, Virgin was not going to succeed. I tend to categorise the CFD idea together with the YEIS (Yamaha Energy Induction System) technology Yamaha adorned some of their motorcycles with in the 1980's. A good acronym for a fundamentally flawed technology.

Dick Jones - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 1:21 PM

it seems odd that his technology worked so well in sports cars. I imagine it will be adopted over the years and this will be looked back upon as its genesis. However, it as with YPVS in yamaha technology in the 80's as mentioned earlier, and plug chops , its good basic engineering that all these guys might have forgotten to include in their development programmes

Spaghettieddie - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 1:55 PM

"its good basic engineering that all these guys might have forgotten to include in their development programmes"

Interesting! Maybe the developers of the software need the likes of a Smokey Unik etc...someone who thinks out of the box to sit with these guys and give their input.


June 02, 2011 3:56 PM

wirths problem was that he stucg doggedly to his cfd, and when it was obvious to everybody that it wasnt working, he failed to adapt to the needs of alternative processes. look at the photo. NO development of sidepods which are like a throw back to 5 years ago.

Boss B - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 4:05 PM

I think CFD alone isn't the way to go. But we can't forget that Virgin isn't spending as much as Lotus is either, and Richard Branson is pinching pennies. F1 is just a token asset for him.

CFD was working in sportscar because those teams bathed Nick with cash and he could use all his resources. And of course in sportscars testing is unrestricted so it took the place of the wind tunnel.

Honda especially was one cool customer that paid him well. His personnel is even embedded in all the lemans honda teams. Is he wrong to follow the money trail...?

He probably accepted the F1 gig for a next to nothing just to raise his firm's profile.

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