Capable of calling on four decades of experience in aerodynamics at the highest level of motorsport, Williams Advanced engineering has two wind tunnels at its facility in Grove, Oxfordshire capable of testing both scale and full-size models, with moving floors providing the highest levels of accuracy. In recent years Williams Advanced Engineering has helped customers achieve 53 pole positions, 123 podiums, 50 wins and 11 FIA World Championships.
Porsche’s LMP1 programme, competing in the World Endurance Championship, benefitted from the expertise, know-how and facilities Williams has in place, including the model shop and the operation of the wind tunnel. This project finished at the end of 2017 with Porsche’s withdrawal from the World Endurance Championship.
British sports car manufacturer Ginetta partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering in developing the complex aerodynamic package for its LMP1 endurance racing car project, the Ginetta G60-LT-P1.
Over several sessions at Williams Advanced Engineering, Ginetta was able to verify its initial Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations, make changes to its aero package in the wind tunnel and then repeat this process, assisted by expert Williams aerodynamicists. The results were rapid and significant gains in terms of downforce and drag. The car came fifth in its class at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut outing.
Williams Advanced Engineering also continues as technical partner to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team in Formula E.