The Lanchester Named Lecture was set up to honour Frederick William Lanchester, Hon FRAeS, Britain’s first great aerodynamacist.
Frederick Lanchester is best known for designing and building the first petrol driven four wheeled motor car (in 1895) and for his work on the theory of flight and design of aircraft. Lanchester’s work on stability was fundamental to aviation and he formulated the first comprehensive theory of lift and drag.
This year’s lecture addressed the engineering performance differentiators for a Formula 1 car and the difference aerodynamics can make to the performance of the car. The lecture also considered the main research tools used for aerodynamic research, considering the strengths and limitations of each and how F1 teams view the relative merits of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel
The lecture covered the above topic areas as well as providing human stories and links to the work of Frederick Lanchester.
Recorded: July 17, 2012
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About the speaker:
Head of Aerodynamics, Sauber F1 Team
Willem was born in Amsterdam and grew up in Australia. While at University he spent his spare time racing motorbikes and cars and working as a mechanic / engineer in the Renault 12, Holden Gemini and Australian Formula Ford series. Eventually the motor racing lure proved too strong and he decided to work in it full time. In 1982 Willem moved to England, working initally on sports cars but later conducting tests using a hand-crafted wind tunnel model leading to new bodywork being made for the Aston Martin Nimrod.
In 1985 Willem moved to Formula 1 with Benetton where he was soon responsible for all aerodynamic development and in 1992 started the Benetton CFD resource. Willem joined Ferrari as Head of Aerodynamics in 1995 setting up a state-of-the-art wind tunnel and CFD facility. Willem continued to work in Formula 1 joining BAR /Honda and later BMW Sauber before becoming Managing Director of the RML Group winning championships in touring and sports cars before returning to Sauber and Formula 1 in 2012.
Willem is also a visiting Professor of Aerodynamics at Southampton University.
This Lecture was sponsored by: