Track testing is an important process. It allows the car to be studied in the actual operating environment. This allows measurements to be taken which can be used to validate the wider development program, usually based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and/or wind tunnel testing. Any changes can be verified and a correlation between the track and the development environment can be established, enabling rapid robust development to take place away from the track in a cost effective manner.
Measuring this information on track can be difficult due to the signal noise and the challenge of working in an non controllable changing environment. Utilising company testing methods and analysis techniques developed in-house allows Williams Advanced Engineering to support customer track testing objectives, allowing the client to answer the development questions needed.
Running on track also gives the opportunity to investigate effects such as wear and build quality, which are not easily assessed in other environments. This gives the opportunity to define an aerodynamic hygiene standard for the car to be prepared to for race events.
Williams Advanced Engineering has a variety of sensors available and the experience of how to install and calibrate the sensors to ensure the most value is obtained from track testing.