'FSAE Full Car Aerodynamics' simulation project by pfernandez


I created a new simulation project called 'FSAE Full Car Aerodynamics':

FSAE-Workshop Session-2 Homework project for aerodynamics of complete Formula Student Race Car

More of my public projects can be found here.


NOTE: These are preliminary results from a simulation after 3000 iterations, still not a fully converged solution. We will also talk about local contributions. Tecnically speaking, pressure drag makes sense as drag only after it’s been integrated over the surface of a closed body [1], and although the front and rear wings have opposed segments (if you take a segment of constant y you get a closed loop) the local drag contribution we are considering rises some questions. We’ll take our chances anyways.

Drag coefficient

The largest contribution to drag comes from the rear wings, being the next contributor the frontal end of the car.

Lift coefficient

Most of the car generates downforce, being the front wing the largest contributor to downforce. Even though the front wing has fewer elements and a smaller exit angle that the rear wing, it gets clean undisturbed air and is influenced by the ground effect.

No wings

You can compare this results with the ones from a FSAE without any aerodynamic elements in the following project:



  1. McLean, J.D., “Understanding aerodynamics: arguing from the real physics,” 1st ed., Wiley, Chichester, ISBN 978-1-119-96751-4, 2012.


For this case we achieve a converged solution after about 6000 iterations. In this case we have a look at the force coefficients where we can see that after 5000 iterations the solution flattens.

The final converged solution yields a higher drag value as can be seen in the following chart.

In the converged solution, the rear wing contribution to downforce increases, yielding now a similar value to that of the front wing.


Awesome work!