Wirth Research

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Wirth Research
Traded asWirth Research Ltd
IndustryLeMans LMP Engineering Racing Design Simulators F1
FounderNicholas Wirth
Bicester, Oxfordshire

Wirth Research is a group of engineering companies, founded by Nicholas Wirth in 2003, specialising in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors.

The companies use virtual engineering technologies to enable a completely simulated vehicle design, development and testing process. The group is known for deviating from traditional physical development models; most notably neglecting to use a wind tunnel and instead relying solely upon computational fluid dynamics to design the 2010 Virgin Racing VR-01 Formula 1 car.[1]

The Wirth Research group have a long-standing partnership with Honda Performance Development Inc (HPD) [2] which is responsible for the design, development and manufacture of the ARX sports cars.[3] Wirth Research also provides client IndyCar teams with full technical support.


Wirth Research encompasses design disciplines that include:

Wirth Research uses tools provided by Siemens UGS PLM for many of its design activities.

Computational Fluid Dynamics[edit]

The company uses ANSYS Fluent solvers for its analysis.

Aerodynamic design[edit]

The largest department at Wirth Research, whose Computational Fluid Dynamics contents are typically evaluated by WR Digital.

Whilst the company is not known for using physical models in the development process, it does use real-world wind-tunnel testing to verify its CFD results.

Vehicle simulation[edit]

Two identical simulators are split between HPD's headquarters in Indianapolis and the company's base in Bicester. They are built in partnership with Cruden on a modified 6 degree of freedom motion platform constructed of carbon fibre and presently housing a DW12 Monocoque. The display mode consists of numerous projectors providing a passive stereoscopic 3D 170 degree display of a modified version of the Racer simulation engine.[4]

Virtual reality[edit]

Virtual reality and Augmented Reality applications such as Emersio are developed and used by Wirth Research for assessing ergonomic issues and presenting new ideas in 1:1 scale.


  1. ^ "Leading experts in computational fluid dynamics and flow simulation". Wirth Research. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Wirth partners with Honda on aero kit | IndyCar News". Crash.net. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Leading experts in computational fluid dynamics and flow simulation". Wirth Research. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Wirth Research Simulator – Videos — VirtualR – Sim Racing News". Virtualr.net. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2014.