Out of the ten Formula 1 teams in the sport, eight of them would like to reduce the use of wind tunnels by 2026. Also, by 2030, they hope to completely ban it completely.

Teams have spent countless hours perfecting their cars by using wind tunnels by improving aerodynamics. However, things are slowly changing.

With the introduction of a budget cap, teams would like to save a lot more money; ditching wind tunnels would help significantly.

Wind tunnels not environmentally friendly

Car being tested in a wind tunnel; Source: carthrottle.com

Additionally, the concept of these tunnels no longer fits the vision of Formula 1 which is trying to become as environmentally friendly as possible.

Formula 1’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds revealed that eight teams are in favor of eliminating wind tunnel use in the next ten years.

Mattia Binotto, however, stated that getting rid of the tunnels immediately is not possible.

What did Binotto say?

“Banning the wind tunnel has been discussed for 2030, not earlier. That was the proposal. It’s a long time from now to then,” he told reporters in Monaco.

“I think all the teams are open to the discussion, and open to accept it eventually because it’s a long time from now. Are we today ready to ban the wind tunnel? Not at all.

Mattia Binotto; Source: thesportsrush.com

“Banning it completely, if you would do it today, the testing would be on track and that would be even more expensive rather than doing it in the wind tunnel, so I don’t think the times are mature today for a decision.

“I think it’s right to discuss it but I think the testing is part of our normal engineering process, so for today it’s important to have the wind tunnel and let’s see how much simulation will develop in the future.”

Reduce use as early as 2026

According to a report, the eight teams are willing to accept changes to the policy of using these tunnels by as early as 2026.

“Eight of the ten teams are open to the idea of ​​greatly reducing the use of wind tunnels from 2026 and completely banning them from 2030,” the report states.

“Because not only the electricity costs are high. The teams also have to build extra models that cost around 600,000 euros.”

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  1. Aero testing purely by computer simulation must be pretty close. Running simulated tests and real live tests to compare the data will allow engineers to fine tune the simulation to match as close as possible to real live tests.
    The technology would give F1 teams a good enough base for car design to go racing. Then that car design will be tweaked and perfected during the racing season with real data rather than simulated. The simulation technology, no matter how good can never match or eliminate real live tests.
    But with all racing teams at all levels using this kind of design technology, racing will improve and car development during the season will make the racing even better and more thrilling.
    Scaled down models don’t give a true enough result as you can not scale down the air that your design is traveling through. When you have a full scale race car trying to find a tenth or 2 of a second over an average of around a 3 mile race circuit, the margins of what they are gaining seem tiny, but in racing terms they are huge. I hope this form of technology can be developed and tested as soon as possible. Not just for a greener carbon footprint. But for the excitement of racing too.


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