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Course Outlines

REA RE02 - Introduction to the Race Engineering Academy

Where And When 
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 29th-30th, 2017. 8am - 6pm
  • Jim Richards Room, Pukekohe Park Raceway, Auckland, NZ
  • You can also meet us at the CRC Speedshow July 22nd-23rd ASB Showgrounds, Auckland (NZ)
Cost

NZD 1000.00 + GST per person including:
  • Course material
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
  • Access to REA race engineering network (for suitable applicants)
  • NZD 800 + GST student discounted price available for currently enrolled students
  • Early bird price NZD 850 + GST if you register and pay before August 21st, 2017.
Course Summary

This course serves as an introduction to the various topics covered by the Race Engineering Academy. Attendees will learn important engineering skills such as racing car setup, vehicle dynamics and data acquisition, as well as management topics such as team management, driver coaching and record keeping.

The course will end with attendees applying their race engineering skills using a driver-in-the-loop simulator.

We have compressed five days worth of courses into only two days so there is a lot of value in this course. Be prepared to enjoy learning.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at enthusiasts of vehicle performance and anyone interested in learning the skills for their personal or professional benefit. The course is designed to progressively introduce the engineering and management skills relevant to the role of Race Engineering.

Topics Covered(click here for pdf version)

The role of the Race Engineer
• Team Manager
• Chassis Engineer
• Data Analyst
• Driver Coach
• Historian and Record Keeper

Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics
• Parameters of the Racing Car
• Mass Distribution
• Weight Transfer
• Tyre Mechanics
• Factors Affecting Grip
• Aerodynamics
• EXTRA: Calculating required spring and damping rates

Racing car Setup
• Definitions
• Vehicle Handling Model
• Car Setup Framework

Introduction to Data Analysis
• Diagnostics
• Lifing
• Driver Performance
• Chassis Performance
• Work through VBOX /Circuit Tools Examples
• Work through MoteC Examples
• EXTRA: Damper data analysis

Racing Simulators
• How to setup a car in the simulator
• Practice as a race engineer
• Practice data analysis
• Learn a car through "feel"


REA DT01 - Damper Technology and Tuning

Where And When 
  • Sunday, October 16th, 2016. 8am - 6pm
  • Sydney office, Prospect
Cost
$550.00 per person including:
  • Course material
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
  • Access to REA race engineering network (for suitable applicants)
  • $400 student discounted price available for currently enrolled students
  • 10% group booking discount (for three or more)
Course Summary

This course covers a variety of detailed and practical topics and skills training for tuning vehicle performance with dampers. The course material will be delivered as a seminar, to provide the necessary knowledge, then as a workshop, in which the attendees will be encouraged to solve real vehicle handling problems through group work and simulation.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at enthusiasts of vehicle performance and anyone interested in learning the skills for their personal or professional benefit. The course is designed to progressively introduce the basic engineering knowledge required over the day so there are no pre-requisites and anyone with a basic knowledge of vehicle handling can attend.

Topics Covered(click here for pdf version)
  • Damper Operation
  • Damper Testing
  • Damper Construction
  • Mechanical Specification
  • Spring Rate Selection
  • Damper Rate Selection
  • Damper Tuning for Vehicle Handling
  • Data Analysis
  • Failure of Dampers
Course Dates And Location
This is a brand new course for 2016. Held at REA office and training centre in Prospect, NSW. On-site training also available for group bookings (extra charges apply).

REA RE01 - Introduction to Race Engineering

Where And When 
  • August 13th and 14th 2016. 8am - 7pm
  • Sydney office
Cost
$1300.00 per person including:
  • Course material
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
  • Access to REA race engineering network (for suitable applicants)
  • $800 student discounted price available for currently enrolled students
  • 10% group booking discount (for three or more)
Course Summary
The Introduction to Race Engineering course covers a variety of detailed, practical topics and skills training regarding the race engineering role. The course material will be delivered as a seminar, to provide the necessary knowledge, then as a workshop, in which the trainees will be encouraged to solve real race engineering problems through group work and simulation.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at mechanics and undergraduate engineers aiming to fulfil the role of Race Engineer in a race team. According to the Race Engineering Academy, this role is both technical and managerial in nature, as most engineering roles are in industry. Although there are no pre-requisites for this course, some racing experience will help the trainees better appreciate the topics covered. To help trainees, the Race Engineering Academy can arrange placements with a racing team to allow for application of the skills being trained. This course can be taken as part of the Academy Green Flag and is a prerequisite for the REA RE02 - Advanced Race Engineering course.

Topics Covered(click here for pdf version)
  • Race team management: job lists, service lists, check lists, team briefing/debriefing
  • Race car management: build specifications, component lifting, setup history
  • Pre-race preparation: team briefing, driver debriefing, objectives, car setup, simulation
  • Track maps: track walk, track profile analysis, taking notes, reviewing data, reviewing video, discussions with driver
  • Car setup: wheel alignment and corner weights, specifics of circuits and rallies, gearing and aerodynamics
  • Suspension measurements: suspension dynamics and kinematics
  • Vehicle handling basics: mass distribution, tyres, springs, dampers, geometry, aerodynamics, roll and ride stiffness, load transfer basics
  • Tyre management: tyre pressure management, degradation, compounds, storage and "banking" sets
  • Thermal management: tyres, brakes, engine, transmission, driver
  • Driver debrief: questionnaires, check lists
  • Driver coaching: using track maps, data analysis, video analysis, journals and self-guided coaching, simulation, psychology
  • Radio communication: timing, important information, vision
  • Data acquisition basics: car health, car performance, driver performance
  • Professionalism: attitude, team work, work ethic, documentation, communication
Course Dates And Location
Held four times throughout 2014. Alternating between weekday and weekend. Contact us for exact dates. Held at REA office and training centre in Prospect, NSW. On-site training also available for group bookings (extra charges apply).

Where And When 
Sunday 20th December 2015. 8am - 6pm. Sydney office.

Cost
$550.00 per person including:
  • Course material
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
  • *Student Discount of 10% (proof of valid student card must be provided)
Course Summary
The Data Acquisition in Racing course covers a variety of introductory and advance topics in data acquisition and analysis in 1 day. The course material will be delivered as a seminar, to provide the necessary knowledge, then as a workshop, in which the trainees will be encouraged to process and analyse data from a race weekend.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at individuals who have very little to some understanding of data acquisition and analysis. Apprentice mechanics, undergraduate engineers and car enthusiasts will take advantage of the skills training offered by REA DA01. The course is also aimed at individuals involved in the motorsport industry that would like to further their knowledge and understanding.

Topics Covered
The following topics will be covered throughout the day. Please ensure you have a laptop, as course material and data files will be provided in a USB.
  • Introduction to data acquisition: general requirements, software, ECU’s
  • Data acquisition basics: logger configuration, sensors check
  • Data analysis: engine vitals check, systems check, data check, preparing checklist
  • Vehicle performance: basic performance analysis with outputs
  • Vehicle performance advance: complex analysis, driver inputs, channel selection, creating maths channels
  • Driver analysis: video analysis, data overlays, track maps, driver briefings
  • Testing and race weekend preparation: time management, reacting to various situations
Course Dates And Location
Held one day per month throughout 2016. Alternating between weekday and weekend. Contact us for exact dates. Held at REA office and training centre in Prospect, NSW. On-site training also available for group bookings (extra charges apply).

REA RD01 - Introduction to Race Car Design

Where And When 
  • 20th and 21st February 2016. 8am - 6pm
  • Sydney office

Cost
$1300.00 per person including:
  • Course material
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
  • *Student Discount of 10% (proof of valid student card must be provided)
Course Summary
The Introduction to Race Car Design course covers a variety of topics required to carry out race car design. The course material will be delivered as a seminar, to provide the necessary knowledge, then as a workshop, in which the trainees will be encouraged conduct some basic design exercises that will give an insight into the process and planning required to design a race car from ground up.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at individuals who have some understanding of basic engineering and motorsport experience. Apprentice mechanics, undergraduate engineers and car enthusiasts will take advantage of the skills training offered by REA RD01.

Topics Covered
  • Introduction: course outline, learning objectives, case study
  • Design goals: customer requirements, engineering and manufacturing expertise, regulations, budget
  • Design tools: measurement tools, cad, FEA, CFD
  • Design process and management: design steps, milestones, design timelines, managing engineers, technicians, fabricators and suppliers
  • Conceptual design: brainstorming, working to regulations, packaging
  • Detailed design: kinematics and suspension, aerodynamics, bodywork, chassis, braking, safety, powertrain, wiring, cooling systems, lubrication systems, ergonomics, sensors
  • Design verification and optimisation: refinement of detailed design, simulation
  • Manufacturing: drawings for manufacture, custom fabrication, and liaising with suppliers
  • Testing, research and development: chassis dyno testing, parts testing, track testing, lessons learned, project debrief
Course Dates And Location
Held one day per month throughout 2016. Alternating between weekday and weekend. Contact us for exact dates.

Held at REA office and training centre in St. Peters, NSW.

On-site training also available for group bookings (extra charges apply).

REA BH01 - Basic Vehicle Handling

Where And When 
  • May 31st 2014. 8am - 6pm
  • Sydney office

Cost
$550.00 per person including:
  • Course material
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
Course Summary
The Basic Vehicle Handling course covers a variety of introductory topics in vehicle handling in 1 day. The course material will be delivered as a seminar, to provide the necessary knowledge, then as a workshop, in which the trainees will be encouraged to solve real handling problems through simulation.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at individuals who have a very little theoretical understanding of vehicle handling. Apprentice mechanics, undergraduate engineers and car enthusiasts will take advantage of the skills training offered by REA BH01.

Topics Covered
  • Introduction to dynamics: distance, speed, acceleration, inertia, momentum and energy
  • Important vehicle parameters: mass, mass distribution, track wheelbase
  • Wheel alignment parameters: ride height, toe, camber, caster, scrub radius, wheel alignment tools and procedure
  • Suspension components: control arms, struts, axles, springs, dampers, anti-roll bars
  • Introduction to tyres: tyre pressure, tyre temperature, tyre wear
  • Definitions of vehicle handling: kinematics, suspension, dynamics
  • Effects of wheel alignment on handling: stability, response, balance, grip
  • Effects of suspension components on handling: roll, pitch, yaw, heave
  • Tools and testing methods for vehicle handling: track testing, speed measurements, video analysis, tyre analysis
Course Dates And Location
Held one day per month throughout 2014. Alternating between weekday and weekend. Contact us for exact dates.

Held at REA office and training centre in St. Peters, NSW.

On-site training also available for group bookings (extra charges apply).

Advanced Race Engineering

This site is still under construction. For more information info@raceengineeringacademy.com 

REA VD01 - Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics

The following topics are covered in this 2 day course:
  • Important vehicle parameters: mass, mass distribution, track, wheelbase, centre of gravity height, sprung mass and unsprung mass
  • Basic dynamics: distance, speed and acceleration/deceleration, inertia
  • Wheel alignment parameters: ride height, toe, camber, caster, scrub radius, wheel alignment tools, wheel alignment procedure
  • Suspension components: control arms, struts, axles, springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, etc.
  • Tyres: kinematic steer, slip ratio and slip angle, contact patch forces, tyre pressure, temperature, camber, wear, etc.
  • 3d kinematics: various suspension kinematics explained, objectives of the suspension kinematics, motion ratio, bumpsteer, roll steer, camber gain, instant centres, roll-centres (pitch-centres), virtual swing arm length
  • Definitions of vehicle handling: roll, pitch, yaw and heave, stability, response, balance and grip   
  • Suspension: vibration frequency, damping and damping ratio, calculating spring rates, calculating damper rates
  • Longitudinal load transfer
  • Lateral load transfer
  • Tools and testing methods for vehicle handling
  • Introduction to aerodynamics

This site is still under construction. For more information info@raceengineeringacademy.com 

This site is still under construction. For more information info@raceengineeringacademy.com 

REA RS01 - Race Strategy

This site is still under construction. For more information info@raceengineeringacademy.com 

REA DC01 - Race Driver Coaching

Cost
$550.00 per person including:
  • Course material
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Personal tutoring
  • Access to REA knowledge-base for 12 months
Course Summary
The Race Driver Coaching course provides training in the knowledge and skills required by race engineers to extract the best performance from their race drivers. This 1 day course covers a range of technical, managerial and human performance related topics. The course material will be delivered as a seminar, to provide the necessary knowledge, then as a workshop, in which the trainees will be encouraged to experience real driver coaching scenarios through simulation.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at individuals who work closely with race drivers at the circuit or on a simulator. The trainees need not have any engineering experience, although a good grasp of basic computing would be a powerful advantage. Apprentice mechanics, undergraduate engineers and car enthusiasts will take advantage of the skills training offered by REA DC01. Equally, this course offers skills to professional racing drivers who coach amateur drivers and to amateur drivers looking to self coach and find more speed. 

Topics Covered
  • Race driving objectives: Understanding outcome and performance objectives
  • Setting targets: Career targets, season targets, event targets, session targets, using a journal
  • Track walks: A closer look at the road surface, road profile, curb heights, looking backwards, details
  • Track maps: Taking notes on car position, braking markers, inputs, vision, road surface type, passing opportunities
  • Stage reconnaissance: Types of pace notes, reading the road profile
  • Driver briefing/debriefing: Understanding and setting objectives, reviewing track notes, run plans, dissecting a lap, performance focus
  • Driving technique: Brake application and release, throttle control, steering rate, dealing with poor handling, how to ride curbs, using the camber of the road
  • Basic data analysis: Understanding speed and g-forces, consistency, driver inputs, driver vs. car limits
  • Video review: Choosing camera angles, watching the car, watching the driver, software for analysis
  • Psychology: Performance and outcome objectives, belief system, self-talk
  • Radio communication: Setting targets, clear instruction,
  • Race craft: Placing the car, psychological advantage, passing and being passed, conserving the car
  • Simulation: Strategies for training on a simulator
  • Career planning: Starting with the end in mind, networking, learning the technical side
Course Dates And Location
Held one day per month throughout 2014. Alternating between weekday and weekend. Contact us for exact dates. Held at REA office and training centre in St. Peters, NSW. On-site training also available for group bookings (extra charges apply).

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