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From today until the day of your next race, would you have time to read more than 50 books on vehicle dynamics?

Probably the answer should be no, but don’t think of it as something negative. No one would have sufficient time for that. Even if you were to research on the internet, you might find the information, but how would you apply it? What if you have a doubt?

In the modern automotive world, competition intensifies with every turn. The quest for a competitive edge goes beyond mere experience or intuition about mechanical adjustments. It is a journey that demands deep understanding and quick adaptation. In over 40 years in the automotive industry, one thing that became clear is that time is the most precious asset, whether on the track or in life. That’s why understanding vehicle dynamics is not just about an extensive library of theoretical knowledge. It’s about finding, amidst the vastness of data, the correct, applicable, and valuable information.

Because of this, for over 27 years, OptimumG has created the Applied Vehicle Dynamics seminar. In this seminar, we don’t share recipes; we share methodologies and tools for you to develop, in 4 days, the over 40 years of experience we have accumulated and applied over all this time.

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Applied Vehicle Dynamics

September 13th-16th | 2024

This seminar is one of the most intense experiences you will have in a classroom!

Internationally recognized as one of the best sources of knowledge in vehicle dynamics for engineers. You will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in your projects. From designing a new car concept to exploring an existing project, you will learn applied vehicle dynamics in the design, simulation, manufacturing, preparation, testing, and development of automobiles.

Topics covered in this seminar

Tire
Because tires are the only elements of your race car in contact with the ground, it is vital to understand why and to what extent the grip, balance, and performance of a car are determined by the forces and deflections in the contact area. We will also cover tire testing, analyses, and how to use tire data in the design and tuning of the race car.
Aerodynamics
After a review of the fundamentals of aerodynamics, you will learn about aerodynamic maps, wings, Gurney flaps, static and dynamic height configurations, and how to integrate them into suspension design.
Kinematics
Here you will see why poorly designed kinematics cannot be ‘fixed’ by springs, stabilizer bars, and shock absorbers; and why (from design to on-track testing and racing) understanding the effects of kinematics is essential for the efficient use of racing tires. You will also learn the differences between kinematic and force rotation centers, as well as kinematic and force pitch centers.
Load transfer in steady-state and transient conditions
Here is where you will receive a step-by-step lesson on calculating steady-state weight transfer. You will see the influence of springs and stabilizer bars on the weight transfer distribution, as well as the influence of tire vertical stiffness and chassis torsional stiffness. This section also includes a guided exercise on weight transfer calculations under combined lateral and longitudinal accelerations.
Dampers and Vibration Theory
After a brief description of shock absorber technology, you will focus on the influence of shock absorber settings on tire load, tire load consistency, and race car performance. A guided exercise on spring and shock absorber calculations, as well as on the selection and fine-tuning of these suspension elements, will help save time in testing and enhance your understanding of simple simulation tools.
Car Design and Chassis Setup
This seminar has provided young and experienced automotive engineers with new ideas, new engineering principles, and fresh perspectives on car design and testing. You will gain a wealth of practical insights and perspectives on car setup both in the workshop and on the track. Furthermore, our ‘tips and tricks’ focus on engineering and provide practical application of vehicle dynamics knowledge.
Analysis of Car and Driver Data
You will gain technical and practical insights into data acquisition to analyze, compare, and improve both car and driver performance. We will examine and guide you through the selection, installation, and calibration of sensors, while training you in efficient data analysis. Our focus will be on the mathematical analysis of data and how it is applied to driver, car, and tire performance, as well as performance consistency. All of this will help you understand the challenges and opportunities associated with data acquisition and analysis.

You are in good hands!

OptimumG is an international vehicle dynamics consultant group that works with automotive companies and motorsports teams to enhance their understanding of vehicle dynamics through seminars, consulting, and software development.

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Claude Rouelle

Claude is the founder and president of OptimumG, a Belgian citizen with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and vehicle dynamics. Claude built his own racecar at university and, after that, worked in a lot of racing teams, equipping himself with a lot of experience before creating OptimumG in 1997.
Since then, he worked on very different consult projects and led more than 400 seminars around the world. He is also popular in Formula Student, being a judge at the competition more than 147 times!

Don't take our word for it!

Look what our previous attendees have to say!

When I started my engineering degree I changed my major to Robotics and sub-major in biomedical engineering wanting to design and develop prosthetic limbs. I may end up doing that some time in the future but I feel so much more interested in the engineering thinking required in vehicle dynamics now. I don’t know if it was a result of Claude’s passion or that I simply know a little more now and find it relatable but I could not sleep on the third night thinking all about it and consider changing my career to one in Motorsport. I find it genuinely fascinating how such small changes can have such a large impact. I signed up to the seminar to support my team members as best as I could as a Team Lead, and I’m happy that it has had an unexpected life changing impact on me. Enough for me to be energised by the magic of engineering again.

BOWEN FUCILE

Team Lead, Western Sydney Formula SAE

I had a really good time. I enjoyed learning like I have never done. Before the seminar, I was really interested in vehicle dynamics and now I’m sure I want to work in this field. I learned a huge amount of things and I’m extremely motivated to work on the topics that I did not understand during the seminar. Claude was amazing with all his knowledge, jokes, facts, etc…
To resume, thank you !!

KÉVIN MATHIEU

ISAT Formula Team

I hope more Formula Student teams find the motivation to attend to one of the seminars. It would definitely change their mind. I knew that our team has still a long way to go to become a competitive team. But after the seminar I realized the bunch of work we need to do and focus on. I will definitely recommend OptimumG to other teams!

MORENO APICELLA

Team Lead, Zurich UAS Racing

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Students get 70% OFF to participate in OptimumG Seminars!

We want more students to join our community, and to encourage that, we have a special incentive to help kickstart your career!

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Individual registration

US$ 825
US$ 695/person

Group registration

For 3 or more students from the same team.

US$ 695
US$ 600/person

Color binder

Black and white printing with 400 pages is included in the price, but we strongly recommend the color version. Add to cart to receive a copy of the seminar AVD binder in color.

US$ 150

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I get a certificate at the end of the seminar?
Yes, all seminars have a physical certificate signed by our president, Claude Rouelle.
I'm a student. Can I get a discount?
Yes. If you are a student, you can access our website https://students.optimumg.com/ and take advantage of our special conditions for you.
Where are the seminars held?
The seminars are held in various countries around the world. We usually hold our seminars in colleges or hotels, which you can find on the page with more information about each seminar. If not, we will send you an e-mail confirming the venue close to the date of the seminar.
How long do the seminars last?
The seminars last 4 full days, usually from 8 AM to 7 PM, with short breaks throughout the day.
I'd like to offer a seminar to my team. How do I go about it?
For companies, we offer customized seminars based on your team’s greatest needs. See some success stories here.
What is your cancellation policy?
  1. OptimumG reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, OptimumG’s liability shall be limited to a full refund of registration fees paid to OptimumG. Although seminar dates and locations are rarely changed, when booking flights for the seminar, we advise the purchase of ticket protection insurance at the time of booking. In no event shall OptimumG be liable for any cancellation or change penalties assessed by an airline or hotel as a result of seminar date changes or cancellations.
  2. Cancellation requests received via our email within 30 days before the seminar date: A 50% refund will be granted.
  3. Cancellation requests received 30 days or less before the seminar (or in the case of a registrant being a “no-show”): No refund or any form of credit will be issued.
    • Alternatively, a registrant may transfer to another seminar within 12 calendar months at no additional cost, provided the participant emails us at least 7 days prior to the seminar they originally registered for, informing us of their decision not to attend and emails us 30 days prior to the date of the future seminar they wish to attend.
  4. No refund or any type of credit will be provided if the registrant attends all or part of a seminar.