Williams Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the science that studies objects moving through air. Nowadays, aerodynamics is one of the most important factors in improving a Formula One cars' performance. It is one of the only elements of development that can achieve performance gains race on race.

Achieving a good aerodynamics package is vital to give the car down force - a virtual increase in weight - which presses the car down onto the track and increases the available frictional force between the car and the road, therefore enabling higher corner speeds. In addition, Williams F1 use CFD (computational fluid dynamics) computing power and two wind tunnels, for validating and improving the efficiency of their designs.

In CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) tests, the team can determine the aerodynamic efficiency of the car and make relevant changes to the design within a simulated environment. CFD technology has become progressively more important to the efficiency of Williams F1 design process and the relative success of the team.

We use a new material that is unique to the golf industry, is the second heaviest metal in the world and is used in the race car to bring it up to minimum race weight, while also being used to provide additional traction based on the drivers style of driving. Traditionally golf manufacturers have used Tungsten for weighting, but the entire Williams line will utilize a new unique alloy for weighting purposes, pushing the limits of technology used in our equipment. This advance in material allows Williams to maximize design capabilities enhanced by the reduced volume need for this unique alloy.

We use a very complex alloy as applied by the Williams F1 team of engineers in their production of exhaust parts for the race car. It is effective because of its ability to withstand extreme temperatures while maintaining its structural integrity. The key benefit that steams from this material is the fact it has a higher tensile strength than stainless steel, but due to its nickel base provides for a softer feel. This material is typically used in a machine or forging application which works well for golf equipment. All of these key attributes combined provide the reasoning for Williams expertise on alloy science as its baseline material for the entire Qualifier series of irons.

 

 


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