Optimal Tyre Usage for a Formula One Car

Variations in track temperature, surface conditions and layout have led tire manufacturers to produce a range of rubber compounds for race events. Each compound has unique friction and durability characteristics. Efficient tire management over a full race distance is a crucial component of a competitive race strategy. A minimum lap time optimal control calculation and a thermodynamic tire wear model are used to establish optimal tire warming and tire usage strategies. Lap time sensitivities demonstrate that relatively small changes in control strategy can lead to significant reductions in the associated wear metrics. The illustrated methodology shows how vehicle setup parameters can be optimized for minimum tire usage.


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  • Accession Number: 01611846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2016 3:00PM