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Zero to 60 ... in 8 weeks?

Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye

Posted Jun 22, 2010

I admit it. I’m a petrol-head and so are the guys around the office. We watch Top Gear and Fifth Gear and come to work abuzz about the latest car news (and the stunts).  So when I heard about a new race car design that was completed in 8 weeks, I was pretty excited. I thought these things took much longer than that!

The CEEMO Engineering concept car in action. Image courtesy of Voxdale.

The CEEMO Engineering concept car in action. Image courtesy of Voxdale.

CEEMO Engineering in the Netherlands, develops and manufactures innovative products for the racing industry —  airfoils, body panels and air boxes. Through their products, these guys have contributed to the success of racing teams such as Renault, BMW, Marcos, Lexus and Spyker (lovely machines). Given their heritage and extensive background in designing various aerodynamic parts for racing purposes, they decided to expand their portfolio by designing and optimizing the design of a new 2-seater concept car. Their primary goal was to analyze and improve the aerodynamics of the car chassis. From start to finish it took them 8 weeks.

Yeah… 8 weeks.

What was even more amazing was fact that the design engineer was a total novice to CFD. Evan van Wolfswinkel was the engineer working on the project. He is an aerospace engineer by background but he’d never used CFD software. So he took an extensive look around the market and in the end chose FloEFD because it gave him the best combination of ease-of-use and cost effectiveness. The whole process of improving the design went fairly fast because he was able to test multiple ideas quickly.  Mr. van Wolfswinkel mentioned that “my colleagues who were using a traditional market-leading CFD code were amazed at how quickly I could conduct “what-if” tests.” I won’t go into all the details of the project but if you’re curious please feel free to read more here.  I don’t know if the car is in production yet but I can’t wait to see it race on TV.

I have to admit that I love talking about our customer achievements – through their success we remain successful. So while I’m on the subject, if you are using any of our solutions and you’d like to share your story with me, please let me know. I’d love to interview you and share your story with the world — I promise it’s quite a painless process.

Until next time,

Automotive Design, car chassis, aerodynamic, What-If, concept car, Design Engineer

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About Nazita Saye

Nazita SayeI have been involved with the CFD user community in one shape or another since 1999 -- when the NIKA team first introduced FloWorks to the engineering community. Over the years I've seen the market evolve and I still marvel at the wide range of products that are being designed with our tools. As the Manager of External Communications for the Mechanical Analysis Division at Mentor, it is my privilege to bring some of our customer stories to you. Visit CFD doesn’t mean Color For Directors

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