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F1 aerodynamics boosted with CFD tool

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Italian Formula One team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, is using the simulation tool Star-CCM+ from CD-adapco for the aerodynamic design of its racing cars.

Nicolo Petrucci, head of aerodynamics for Scuderia Toro Rosso explained: 'Formula 1 has always been the pinnacle of automotive technological development; throughout the year we are constantly working to squeeze more performance out the car and to do this we need the best engineers and the best tools. Having reviewed the available options, it was obvious that Star-CCM+ represented the best solution on the market.'

Since their Formula One debut in 2006, Scuderia Toro Rosso have proved themselves one of the brightest new teams in Formula One, scoring a maiden victory in the 2008 Italian GP, on the way to securing sixth place overall in the 2008 Constructor's Championship.

'We chose Star-CCM+, not only because of CD-adapco's pedigree in the automotive sector, but also due to the innovative and advanced nature of the tool. Star-CCM+'s automated meshing technology really is second to none and the speed at which we could mesh and analyse new designs was a revelation. The software is extremely easy to use with an intuitive user interface, quite a change from when I first saw CFD in F1 in 1989,' Petrucci concluded.