Studying Modern Formula 1 Front Wing at High Cornering Speeds Paper No.: 2023-GI-09 Section Research Papers


Nimje P.
Kakde R.


A simulation-based study of three different types of front wing designs used in modern Formula 1 cars was done. The study mainly focuses on the aerodynamic forces that a Formula One car generates mainly the Downforce, the Drag force, & the Lateral force at high cornering speeds. These forces were studied in detail & taking a closer look at how they migrate during the dynamic conditions the car is thrown at various Side Slip (Yaw) Angles, these results were compared with the wing Scuderia Ferrari used in the 1998 Formula 1 championship to better understand the inherent problems faced in those previous designs. A brief study of the flow field & flow lines was conducted along with the vortex generation for all three wings. Vortex formation and management is a prominent part of research being carried out for a Formula 1 car, so a brief study on the phenomenon of vortex generation & Y250 vortex formation was also carried out. The studies were carried out over typical high-speed corners where the speed ranges between 220-300 KM/Hr. A study on the effect of the flow field of the top element on the lower element was carried out where the 5th element was removed from each of the three wings & the effect on the downforce & drag value was analysed along with the pressure field.

Keywords: Modern formula 1, Front wing designs, Cornering speeds, aerodynamic forces, Side Slip (Yaw) Angles, Centre of pressure (CoP), Lateral force, CFD, Downforce


Author Biography

Kakde R., Automobile Department, Government College of Engineering & Research, Awasari, Pune, India

Corresponding Author: R. Kakde, Assistant Professor, Automobile Engineering Department, Government College of Engineering & Research, Avasari - Khurd, Taluka - Ambegaon, Maharashtra 412405.

How to Cite
Nimje P., & Kakde R. (2023). Studying Modern Formula 1 Front Wing at High Cornering Speeds: Paper No.: 2023-GI-09. ARAI Journal of Mobility Technology, 3(3), 721–754.


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