Following another win last weekend in Portsmouth, UK, Land Rover BAR are now leading the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
The America’s Cup has changed a lot since it was first sailed, back in 1851. Today, spectators gather not only to admire the skill, strength and endurance of the sailors, but to witness the incredible synergy within the team, the symbiotic relationship between the sailors and their boat, and to behold the extraordinary view offered by these competing, foiling yachts. Cutting-edge engineering is relied upon to enhance human performance and make it reach levels nobody would have ever thought possible; likewise, the sailors’ strategical decisions and skillful maneuvers are essential to make the most of an ever-evolving, state-of-the-art technology.
We are proud that STAR-CCM+® is playing such an instrumental role in this journey. By helping Land Rover BAR discover the best possible design, in as little time as possible, we feel we really are part of the team. “The America’s Cup is as much a design race as it is a sporting one,” says Andy Claughton, Chief Technology Officer, Land Rover BAR. “We are subject to restrictive design specifications and a set of rules which prohibit actual sailing of our America’s Cup Class boat until about five months before the competition in Bermuda next summer. In order to make the critical design decisions, we use STAR-CCM+ to simulate the performance of our yacht from the very earliest stages of the design process, allowing us to account for the combined effects of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, and design the fastest possible sailing boat in the shortest possible time. I am convinced that STAR-CCM+ gives us a key competitive advantage in designing a yacht for a race that will likely be decided by the smallest of margins.”
If you want to learn more about the CFD champions in the Land Rover BAR team, and how STAR-CCM+ is used to discover better designs, faster, please have a look at our video.