Since the late 1980's, Nick Wirth has followed a dream to realise the possibility of an entirely digital development process for advanced engineering products. Yet it has only been recently that the culmination of years of development of computer systems and hardware, plus the refinement of state-of-the-art software simulation tools, have allowed this dream to become reality.
Wirth Research specialises in using advanced, proprietary virtual engineering technology such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software. Developed in-house, this enables simulated testing and vehicle development which reduces the need for costly and wasteful prototype manufacture. For example, the Wirth CFD process has replaced wind tunnels that were traditionally used for flow simulation and developing prototypes. Furthermore, cutting-edge vehicle simulators have been developed for use in the advancement of car design, setup optimisation and driver training.
Wirth Research now run models of approximately 300 million cells for race cars (and over 500 million cells for large architectural projects), with full boundary layer modelling on all external flow surfaces. As a result, the accuracy has improved immeasurably (based on correlation to full size cars on track and in the wind tunnel) and Wirth Research and its partners, continue to invest in CFD correlation work whenever necessary.
Wirth Research continues to push back the barriers of large scale CFD and as a result is able to offer its partners an unrivalled combination of aerodynamic accuracy, throughput, and development efficiency. The proprietary CFD technology has been successfully validated in a number of high technology sectors both within and outside of motorsport.