Wirth Research is a group of innovative engineering companies specialising in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors.
Wirth Research offers flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services. The Business pioneers the use of advanced virtual engineering technologies, developed in-house, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process. This reduces the need for wasteful manufacture of development models and prototypes. Additionally Wirth Research has developed valuable, in-house resources such as Composite Manufacturing and a leading edge Vehicle Simulator.
Wirth Research is proud to continue its decade-long partnership with Honda Performance Development Inc (HPD) on the design, development and manufacture of the championship-winning ARX sports car programme, fielding cars in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes of the American Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship. In 2012, the cars scored numerous race wins in both series (including Sebring 12 hour and the Le Mans 24 hour races, in LMP2) and secured LMP2 class titles in both series, and the LMP1 class title in the American series.
2013 saw the HPD ARX sportscars retain both the LMP1 and LMP2 Manufacturers’ and drivers titles in the final season of the American Le Mans Series. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing celebrated winning the ALMS LMP1 title with its HPD ARX-03c, while Level 5 Motorsports secured its third consecutive LMP2 championship with its HPD ARX-03b. Strakka Racing put on a public show of private success to take top Privateers’ honours at the Le Mans 24 Hours in their HPD ARX-03c. This LMP1 win was the third Le Mans prototype class victory in four seasons.
From 2013 onwards, Wirth Research has progressed the collaboration with HPD to provide the Honda-powered IndyCar teams with advanced chassis technical support. The success of this project was repeated when Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) won his third drivers’ championship, and Honda’s 15th Indy car drivers’ title.
This project continues with the development of new aerodynamic bodywork kits that Honda is set to offer its teams from the start of 2015.
In 2014, we are looking forward to competing in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with HPD’s teams including ESM, who are driving the HPD ARX-03b.
Virtual and Augmented Reality technology has been at the heart of the Wirth Research design and manufacturing processes for many years. A sophisticated, fully-immersive virtual reality system is used in-house for digital ergonomic and mock-up evaluation.
In the Business’ composite manufacturing facilities, technicians make use of an advance augmented-reality system to allow extremely precise positioning of carbon-fibre material in complex moulds. In addition, the Business is developing unique Augmented Reality technology designed for a wider application on low cost hardware.
The result is an iOS App called Emersio which is now free on the Apple App Store.
Find out more on our Emersio Website
Nick Wirth chats to Henry Hope-Frost on the main stage at AUTOSPORT International 2014
Nick Wirth and Robin Gearing admire Andretti Autosport Formula-E’s trophy
Nick Wirth, President, and Robin Gearing, Technology Group Manager of Wirth Research, saw Franck Montagny win second place and his team mate Charles Pic secure fourth place in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing. Wirth Research are providing Andretti Autosport Formula-E with engineering support services for the series. The next round is in Malaysia on November 22nd.