​Willem Toet sitting on the Chalmers formula student car from 2018.

Formula 1 guru visited Chalmers formula student

​Willem Toet has been head of aerodynamics in several Formula 1 teams such as Ferrari, BAR / Honda and BMW Sauber to name a few. In the middle of March, he was a guest lecturer at the course Road Vehicle Aerodynamics and at the same time, he was able to visit Chalmers formula student.
​The course Road Vehicle Aerodynamics is given within the master program Automotive Engineering and Willem Toet had been booked as a guest teacher. Before the lecture, Willem Toet was given a presentation of the car that competed in 2018 and a presentation of the design of the car that will compete in 2019. After the initial presentation, they reviewed which methods and tools that Chalmers formula student uses. 

”We discussed, among other things, our CFD method and how we work to validate it against wind tunnel tests. We also received very valuable advice on what we should focus on during the development of the car's aerodynamic package” says Erik Josefsson who was involved in the aerodynamics team in 2018. 

An example of this is how the car's performance under optimal conditions is valued relative to the car's sensitivity to disturbances. 

”This is something Chalmers formula student will bring to future designs, which will lead to the car becoming more predictable and easier to handle for the driver” says Erik Josefsson.

Published: Thu 21 Mar 2019.