Vehicle Dynamics for FSAE and BAJA

Rs 30,000

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What will you gain from this Course?

FSAE and BAJA team members who are looking for practical solutions to basic race car problems will benefit well from this course.

If you are a student/graduate, you will gain a deeper understanding of the principles behind race car design. As young design engineers, students often confuse between various thumb rules and design approximations without a clear understanding of the underlying philosophy. This course will equip you well to be familiar with the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics in racing cars.


Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate. Course completion certificate will be provided to all students who complete the course. You will receive both e-verified and hard copy of your certificates.


Learning an engineering course is fulfilled only when you work on projects and gain practical experience to validate everything you have learnt. in this course, you will be working on 4 projects as you progress so that you can understand through involvement. The projects you will be working on include:

1. Find the weight distribution for your race car 

  • Front/rear weight distribution in static condition and center of gravity height
  • Change in weight distribution during acceleration, braking and cornering.
  • Maximum possible acceleration/deceleration/cornering for your race car
  • How downforce affects cornering performance.

2. Which type of chassis structure is best for your race car

  • How a tetrahedron structure distributes load
  • How to analyze a chassis structure for stress and deflection
  • Which load cases should be used and how to approximate dynamics loads to static loads.
  • Learn to use both theoretical methods and computer simulations for primary calculations of chassis.

3. Design a suspension for your race car

  • Which suspension would meet a race car’s performance requirements?
  • Design a suspension easily without complicating the primary requirements
  • Understand the design intention for a particular characteristics of a suspension like bumpsteer, low unsprung mass, etc
  • How to set toe, camber behavior to improve tire grip
  • Durability analysis of all suspension components.
  • Design springs, dampers and anti-roll bars

4. Which tires would perform well on race cars and why

  • Tires are a critical part of race cars and have to be understood and selected with care
  • Concepts like slip angle, slip ratio affect handling performance. How can the driver judge slip angles? Why is this important?
  • What is jacking? Should this be maximized/minimized in a race car

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Course Syllabus

Week 1: Racing car basics

We will begin this course by laying a foundation of the basic concepts in racing cars. The performance of a racing car depends on its layout. In order to ensure that the layout design delivers good performance, the following steps must be executed

  • Identify important design objectives for a successful racing car
  • Compute loads on a car during operating conditions like
  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Cornering
  • Study how these loads influence the aerodynamic forces acting on the car

Week 2-3: Suspension systems

For optimum performance, we must be able to understand the objectives of suspension systems. In this session, we will focus on

  • Providing secure locations for suspension attachment to chassis, which can endure road loads and aerodynamic loads
  • Designing a double wishbone suspension and understand how geometry changes affect vehicle control
  • Using a simple graph sheets or software packages to tune suspension properties for parts like toe and camber
  • Selecting suitable structural members by learning to calculate loads on suspension members
  • Learning to control pitching of a car using suspension links, anti-squat and anti-dive controls

Week 4: Springs, dampers and anti-roll bars

The primary purpose of a spring and damper in a race car is to optimize contact between the tire and road. In this session we will focus on these parts to understand the dynamic behavior of racing cars by

  • Understanding springs, dampers arrangement on racing cars
  • Designing spring length and stiffness
  • Understanding the reasoning behind choosing a spring stiffness and spring length
  • Making simple excel tools to understand primary ride behavior
  • Understanding basic types of racing dampers
  • Designing an anti-roll system

Week 5: Vehicle stability/balance

Understanding vehicle stability is important to know the dynamics of a car. In this module, we will

  • Learn about the factors that influence understeer or oversteer like tire slip angle and body slip angle etc
  • Estimate the values of understeer/oversteer or neutral steer a race car must have
  • Learn about the significance of rolling resistance and camber thrust
  • Study the importance of slip ratio during acceleration and braking
  • Explore topics such as tire testing for the tire mathematical model: Pacejka tyre model
  • Study about the influence of lateral load transfer/suspension roll stiffness on tire performance
  • Estimate actual amount of jacking during cornering

Week 6: Steering and front wheel assembly

In this module, we will focus on learning about the components involved in the front wheel assembly and how they are packaged. We will

  • Study about the importance of minimizing the unsprung mass
  • Understand racing car steering systems and how to avoid problems
  • Evaluate loads on wheel upright and facilitate effective cornering
  • Understand steering geometry and which geometry improves cornering performance
  • Learn how the anti-Ackerman geometry can help peak cornering performance

Week 7: Rear wheel assembly and power transmission

In this session we will learn about the various components involved in rear wheel assembly and understand relationship between power and torque. We will then learn how they influence the optimum gear ratios for racing. Then we will move onto investigating different types of differentials and how they influence handling behavior. Finally, we will learn how to set the length of the fifth link to set bump steer

Week 8: Brakes

In this session, we will understand the elements of a braking system and key objectives in brake system design. We will also study about the importance of brake balance and how it is achieved. Then we will evaluate loads on brake pedal and its assembly.

Week 9: Chassis structure

In this module, we will learn be covering topics that will make us familiar with the chassis structure. Some of the important modules we will learn about include

  • Design objectives of a racing car structure
  • Different types of structures like: space-frame, monoque and stressed skin
  • Loads on the chassis structure
  • Analysis techniques for the frame
  • Passive safety structures

Then we will move onto learning about set-ups and testing

For an engineer, it is important to understand how to prepare a new car for testing. CAE and testing go hand-in-hand, and so it is important to test the vehicle and have a correlated CAE model. In this final session, we will learn

  • How to setup suspension geometry, including ride height, corner weights, camber and toe
  • The benefits of a data logging system
  • How to set dampers on track

Who can take this course?

The course is mainly intended for FSAE and BAJA teams. Graduates in Mechanical and Automotive engineering can also enroll in this course.

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1 . How will the instructor teach?

Our instructors are industrial experts working in Fortune 500 companies. We partner with them to deliver the lectures online. You will be given access to recorded content and assignments each week.

2 . Are there any pre-requisites for this course?

You should be pursuing B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical, Aerospace, Automotive, Production or Manufacturing

3. What kind of support I can expect?

Our support system is amazing!. You can read our reviews on Google to see this. We focus on one-on-one support which no one else does. We will communicate with you through WhatsApp messages/calls, individual online sessions and also in person.

4. How can I use the letter of recommendation?

You can use it for job search and higher education. Recommendation letters are given only for candidates that have performed extremely well.