Formula Renault

Formula RenaultThe dedicated vehicle dynamics program for the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series.



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Introduction
The Vehicle Dynamics Program (VDP) was first developed as a design tool to analyze aerodynamic, geometric, dynamic, and tyre parameters for the American Champ Car series. Originally commissioned by Lola cars and later further developed by Penske Cars in England.

The design specification was for a simple to use program based upon Microsoft’s Excel backbone. Excel has now become the race industry’s standard tool for spread sheet calculations. Its format is known by every engineer thus acquaintance time for the VDP is reduced to a minimum. A vast array of engineering and analytical tools is already built into Excel’s architecture. The Visual Basic programming language allows for the writing of functions and procedures to extend its capabilities even further.

In 2004 the VDP was adapted as a race engineering tool for the Formula Nissan World Series using the Dallara chassis. The dedicated VDP was first used in the Nissan World Series with GD Racing in 2004, helping Enrique Bernoldi take third place overall. Revisions to the VDP were made in 2005 and 2006 for the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series with Epsilon Euskadi and gave Robert Kubica the championship crown.

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