From the initial vision to a customised high-end service in aerodynamics
Peter Sauber always knew that the benefits offered by aerodynamics were crucial to the success of his Formula 1 team. As a forward-thinking entrepreneur, he purposefully turned the vision of his own wind tunnel into a reality: the newest and most powerful Formula 1 wind tunnel to date was put into operation in 2004 and has continued to be further developed ever since. As visionaries, we are your innovative and experienced partner for state-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions – from motorsports, automotive engineering and aerospace through to differentiated industrial applications and customer-specific issues.
Customers & projects, challenges & commitment
Our customers come from all manner of industries. Leading vehicle manufacturers, motorsport teams and well-known companies from a variety of industrial sectors use our infrastructure and expertise, especially in the prototyping and development of previous versions for new products and models. We are also fascinated and inspired by a wide range of tasks and challenges to turn your vision into a reality.
Life-size wind tunnel tests
In the development of road vehicles, racing cars and complex technical and sports products, our full-scale tests are the path to success. The realistic conditions combined with the highest precision and flexible testing options make the Sauber wind tunnel one of the best of its kind in the world.
We have the possibility to test objects with wind speeds of up to 288 km/h and to try them out. By means of a so-called “rolling road” (single belt system), the track under the test object can be moved synchronously with the wind speed. This gives an even more accurate picture and also includes the influence of the rotating wheels, while the aerodynamic loads can be measured in different statuses. Different vehicle heights are included, as well as various aerodynamic configurations.
Wind tunnel tests with true-to-scale models
As a leading provider of aerodynamic services, it is our mission to develop the highest possible degrees of freedom for model tests and to offer them to our partners. In doing so, we shrink from almost no challenge. The Sauber wind tunnel offers all possibilities to realise complex developments for automobiles, trucks, rail vehicles, buildings or industrial plants up to aerospace objects. Our goal is always to achieve your goals and to actively support you in your development. From the planning and construction of your model to the production and maintenance of the project and the aerodynamic options, to efficient tests under real conditions.
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
As a supplement to wind tunnel development or as a substitute for complex tests in which many possibilities and options are to be tried out, CFD is the solution for working out results quickly and efficiently. We operate a computer centre in Hinwil Switzerland, which allows us to perform numerous calculations in a short time. In addition to efficiency, the correlation between software and reality is also the focus of our work.
Facility & special project development
In the world of Formula 1, the boundary conditions are always changing. This calls for unconventional thinking in order to gain a competitive advantage. To support this process, we have developed a series of complex measurement and control systems and integrated them into our Sauber wind tunnel environment, designed flow switches controlled by changes in air velocity, and developed many other conventional mechanical and fluid-based systems.
for wheelchair athletes
We were commissioned to develop the world’s fastest wheelchair for the Olympics in Tokyo. We used state-of-the-art CFD simulations, wind tunnel tests, 3D printing in plastic and metal as well as the latest knowledge in carbon production to build the OT FOXX M1 with which Marcel Hug won four Olympic gold medals.To the story
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