With 11 years pioneering Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services to the motorsport industry, we speak to Wirth Research about its latest technology and employing obsessive, compulsive engineers
Wirth Research has been in the industry for a number of years, what expertise do you offer customers?
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.
We carry out project work both within and outside of the motorsport industry. 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, and providing Honda-powered IndyCar teams with advanced chassis technical support. The IndyCar project continues with the development of new aerodynamic bodywork kits that Honda is set to offer its teams from the start of 2015.
In September 2014, Wirth Research was involved in the world’s first FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing, providing Andretti Autosport Formula E with engineering support services for the series.
What can we look forward to seeing from Wirth Research in the coming years?
The next development for Wirth Research is to continue diversification to include areas of engineering outside of motorsport. We have had amazing success in motorsport in the last decade and our technology is uniquely able to solve problems in other industries outside of motorsport and is really helping to move things forward in those industries.
What is the most significant industry issue for your business and others in the sector at present?
A significant industry issue for companies both within and outside of motorsports is CSR (corporate social responsibility). Wirth Research specialises in using advances in virtual engineering technology, developed within the company, enabling simulated testing and vehicle development so reducing the need for costly and wasteful prototype manufacture.
Many people in the industry talk about a lack of skilled talent and graduates, what are your thoughts?
Wirth Research chooses people who are completely obsessive, compulsive engineers, people who were born engineers, who are fascinated by problem solving. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, if it’s motorsport or in the other diverse work that we’re doing at the moment. Our staff are very creative people who like working in a team. We have a very strong company philosophy here in terms of team work. It’s a very non-political working environment. We don’t encourage internal competition. We encourage everybody to support everyone else and focus their competitive instincts outside so we try as hard as we can to make a great working environment, give them the best tools that we possibly can and ensure they’re motivated by the success we have in all of our diverse projects. It’s a great place to work.
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