F1 » Loss of wind tunnel not ideal, admits Ferrari

Ferrari says that it is focussing on aerodynamic developments for its new car, despite currently being without a wind tunnel at its F1 headquarters in Maranello.

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RobG - Unregistered

February 02, 2013 11:19 AM

I wish they would ban full size wind tunnels, and use perhaps 1/5th scale models at a common wind tunnel that all teams must use.
This would reduce costs greatly and allow low budget teams, the chance to be closer to the front.

RobG - Unregistered

February 02, 2013 12:41 PM

*There are also restrictions on wind tunnel testing. The scale models used may be no larger than 60% & speeds are limited to 50 m/s. However teams are permitted to substitute one of their one day aerodynamic tests for four hours of wind-on testing in a full scale wind tunnel to be carried out in a single twenty four hour period.*
50m/s = 180km/h

Full sized wind tunnels are very expensive, both to build, and to operate. A much smaller one would be much much cheaper, and any exhaust effects would be almost impossible to factor into the design.


February 02, 2013 6:14 PM

Any idea what problems they're having with the tunnel? I presume it's related to the age / declining accuracy of the data aquisition equipment and not the physical structure or air-moving machinery...yes?

Also, does anyone know if the 180 kph speed restriction is on the scale speed or actual air speed in the tunnel?



February 02, 2013 6:19 PM

One other question for you, RobG - I believe that a full-scale tunnel is quite expensive to build given equipment cost differences and to operate from a power standpoint, but is it really that significantly more expensive than a 60% scale tunnel?

It would seem a majority of the cost is going to be tied up in aquiring the engineers to calibrate / operate / maintain the equipment, run the tests and interpret the data. You'd still need this same technical expertise for a scale tunnel.

Sounds from your posts like you might have some experience with these matters.

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