Prof. Willem Toet
Prof. Willem Toet
Motorsport, F1 and Aerodynamics Specialist
Willem started his career in Motorsport during his university years working his way up from the bottom. He has worked in the field of aerodynamics for 30 years, and in this time Willem has worked with several established companies within the industry.
In 1985 he started working with Benetton F1 leading a growing group of engineers to assist Benetton F1 to win their first F1 Drivers’ Championship. In 1994 Willem joined the Scuderia Ferrari team as the head of the aerodynamics department. During his time at Ferrari, he assisted with the transaction of transferring the aerodynamic development from England to Italy as well as supervising specific straight-line aerodynamics tests to assess performance and correlation to model-predicted forces. He later moved to Bar/Honda and BMW Sauber. He had a short break from Formula 1 as Managing Director of the RML Group however soon returned to Sauber matching engineering capabilities with the needs of potential customers.
In Motorsport, especially in F1, we spend huge sums on lightweight, mainly composite structures. Exactly the things discussed here. But why? Of course, the weight itself is a key performance differentiator. However, in virtually all Motorsport categories, there is a minimum weight. Nonetheless, teams strive to remove weight as much as possible. In this presentation, we will explore the ways teams have taken advantage of the advances in composite technologies for safety and performance. Much of this is structural, but a great deal relates to the ability to make ever less plausible aerodynamic shapes and the weird and wonderful ways that F1 teams have exploited structural gains to win an advantage. The impressive safety improvements that have been made are also because of advances in composite and other materials technologies, and these have saved many lives. We will look at some examples of advances in safety, why and how they have been implemented. Then we will show some of the secrets behind the strange and complex aerodynamic shapes used with the reasons behind them. Modern composite capabilities continue to advance at pace. Just imagine trying to create a modern Formula 1 car without these amazing composite capabilities. Aero super freaks like me would have to curb their enthusiasm – and we’re not used to that! Thanks to advances in materials technology we don’t have to. On TV the aerodynamics is discussed publicly – some real heroes are not acknowledged as often – but in this conference, you have a chance to hear from them.”
Register today to hear Professor Willem Toet discuss why F1 and Motorsport teams spend so much energy and resources on creating light, strong and stiff structures.