New developments in motorsport engineering

29/11/2022

Motorsport engineering is an ever-changing and developing field. With new technologies and approaches being developed all the time, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends. Here's an overview of some of the newest developments in motorsport engineering and how an MSc Motorsport Engineering degree at the University of Bolton can help you race to the top of the career ladder in a thrilling and dynamic industry. 

Aerodynamics 

Aerodynamics are becoming increasingly important in motorsport as teams look for any advantage they can get. The term covers a wide range of activities, from designing cars that produce less drag to shaping tyres so that they grip the road better. One area that has seen a lot of development in recent years is aerodynamic testing. This involves using wind tunnels and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations to test how different parts of the car will affect its performance.  

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Data Analysis 

With cars now collecting vast amounts of data, it's no surprise that data analysis has become a key part of motorsport engineering. Teams use this data to understand how their car is performing and where they can make improvements. This data can be collected from on-board sensors, lap times, telemetry, and even driver debriefs. It's then processed and analysed so that engineers can identify issues and make changes accordingly.  

Simulation 

The use of simulation has also increased in recent years as it provides a cost-effective way to test new ideas and components. By using software, engineers can test how a car will perform without having to build and test it in the real world. This means that changes can be made quickly and easily, which allows teams to respond quickly to any issues that arise during a race weekend. 
 
3D Printing  

3D printing is another area that has seen a lot of development in recent years. This technology allows engineers to quickly produce prototypes and components for testing. It's particularly useful for one-off parts or those that would be difficult or expensive to produce using traditional manufacturing methods. 

MSc Motorsport Engineering at Bolton... What can you expect? 

The MSc Motorsport Engineering course at the University of Bolton is a one-year, full-time course that is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. During this time, you will call home to our £13 million National Centre of Motorsport Engineering; where our students take on a mixture of theoretical classroom lectures and hands-on practical laboratory work.  

The course is designed to meet the industry needs for professional engineers. We can do this as the programme was written with industry collaboration; meaning that our experienced lecturers are in an excellent position to deliver supportive course content that helps our students stand out to industry employers. 

motorsport technologyWith specific focus on technological advancements such as additive manufacturing, advanced powertrains, electric vehicles, big data, and industry 4.0, we are proud to have worked with several industry players; including Formula One racing team, HAAS. By the end of the course, students are in a good position to succeed in achieving their Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.  

If you are an ambitious motorsport or automotive performance engineering graduate, or even someone already working in the industry, then an MSc Motorsport Engineering degree could be your ideal next step in your career. View our full course details to find out how we can help you enhance your professional knowledge. 

Come and explore #UniAsItShouldBe; providing a teaching-intensive, research-informed approach to our supportive university experience. 

If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on 01204 903807; we are here to help! 

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