AirShaper: The Aerodynamics of a Porsche Taycan
AirShaper's Wouter Rommerie takes a look at the aerodynamic features of a Porsche Taycan before its first aerodynamic road test.
In almost every aspect of car design, be it on a road or race car, aerodynamics play a vital role in the overall performance of the design. It is an area that can become extremely difficult to get right if you don't have the right tools to make sure you can get the most out of your design. However, the latest online platform from AirShaper is destined to put all that hard work and sometimes confusion on aerodynamics to bed.
If you haven't already, take a read of Sarah's fantastic interview with the CEO of AirShaper, Wouter Remmerie as he goes through what the new platform is all about below:
In essence, this new online platform by AirShaper will allw designers and engineers to upload a 3D model of their design, be it a car or even in the use of cycling or skiing, and have the main aerodynamic characteristics of their design analyzed. This allows the designer to use these results to make further improvements, or can use AirShaper to get advice and help to incorporate aerodynamic improvements into the design. Sounds very impressive!
If you think about all the major motorsports right now, aerodynamics play a major role in them right now. From the over-aerodynamic Formula One cars we see, to the designs of MotoGP chassis, even your ordinary run-of-the-mill road car, such as the Porsche Taycan used by AirShaper in their aerodynamic tests, rely heavily on aerodynamics and how they work, and something like this unique platform will give designers a detailed understanding of their design and how to improve the overall airflow of their design.
In the video below, Wouter takes around the Taycan and explains the aerodynamic features of the Porsche, applying tufts to the exterior of the car in order to test airflow over the car in a real-life road test.
What a beautiful car to conduct the test in, that Porsche. But thanks to AirShaper's fantastic video with Wouter, we learn that the car is more than an electric Cayman with a fancy body. We discover how aerodynamically developed the Taycan is, holding a drag coefficient of just 0.22.
What was most interesting in the video however, was Wouter's explaining of a clever trick by Porsche, using a detailed front splitter and rear diffuser, the Taycan makes use of the car's flat floor (thanks to it being an EV) to provide a much smoother run of flow under the car. Something that stood out to me was how Wouter manages to explain the process, but also each detail and component as he goes on, which means a clear understanding for simpletons such as myself.
To round off the video, was Wouter explaining how to test for airflow on your car. He shows how they make the 'tufts' for the car, by simply using a short strand of woollen wire and tape. Something so interesting about your design by using a simple technique. Brilliant.
The Porsche Taycan is now fully set up to do its first road test, which will hopefully show how good the simulation can be and how it can give just as clear an answer as a real-life road test can be.
Make sure you keep up with AirShaper to follow the Taycan and learn more about this incredible company!
Online aerodynamics tool for engineers and designers. Test and improve on aerodynamic efficiency of 3D models. Analyse drag, lift, downforce and noise.
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