Formula Student Vehicle Dynamic Simulation

Yuanzhi Qian, Jos Darling

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Multibody simulations are widely implemented in vehicle dynamics engineering due to their fast and reliable results. Multibody simulation serves as a very useful research and development tool for Formula Student teams. This paper focuses on the development of a multibody simulation for a Formula Student vehicle at the University of Bath, using IPG CarMaker. The vehicle model used is the Team Bath Racing (TBR) 17 racing car, was compliant with Formula Student regulations. A detailed multibody model was constructed, and its dynamic performance was tested against a real vehicle through spring and damping tests on tracks. The validation demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of the model. Based on these results, several simulations were conducted to compare the vehicle dynamics with parameter changes. The simulations provided valuable data for optimizing the current vehicle and guiding future development of new racing vehicles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of China SAE Congress 2023
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers
EditorsChina Society of Automotive Engineers
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789819702527
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2024

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
Volume1151 LNEE
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119


  • Formula Student
  • dynamic simulation
  • multibody simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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