Development of a composite seat for a WRC racing car

The presentation starts with an overview about the current activities of VW Motorsport and with information about the company. Since January 2013 Volkswagen Motorsport compete at the FIA World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC. To improve the vehicle performance it is essential to reduce the cars weight and inertia. Drivers perform best lap times when they feeling well in the race car. So you have to meet drivers ergonomically needs. Also passive passenger protection is an important topic. To meet these requirements an own racing seat has been developed.

You will learn more about the development of structural composite parts with products of Altair Engineering. Structural analysis, composite modeling and optimization processes are the keywords for an efficient product design cycle. Altair HyperWorks provides a wide range of tools for composite design; some features will be shown at the presentation.

Composite materials are well known for high strength and stiffness by low density. For a good fiber compound design it is important to know how to use these material properties. Do you need core material or not? What simulations are necessary? In which way you have to interpret optimization results? We will try to give you answers to all questions. Hope to see you at the presentation!


The Author

Marcel Zeisberg
Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH