Saturday, 4 April 2015

Allison against wind tunnel ban

(Sauber F1 Team)

Scuderia Ferrari technical director James Allison has dismissed Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner’s idea of banning the use wind tunnel’s in Formula One as a way of reducing operating costs in Formula One.

Horner’s idea has been welcomed by the both the Sahara Force India Formula One Team (who are using the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne along with their own) and the Lotus F1 Team. However Allison believes that the CFD or Computational Fluid Dynamics is not yet reliable enough to be used as a stand-alone replacement.

Allison went on to say that the technology is not yet ready for Formula One to rely on CFD design. The Manor F1 Team relied on CFD design and do not yet have the use of a wind tunnel.

A number of the big team’s rent out their wind tunnels and that is exactly what Toyota Motorsports has done with the Sahara Force India Formula One Team. 

© Ben Johnston 2015

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