Kinetic Simulation is an engineering consultancy specialising in Aerodynamic Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis.
– Aeromaps – Increase the performance and the understanding of your cars aerodynamic adjustments
– Aerodynamic Design and Development – From updates through to ground up design
– Drag Reduction
– Component Design
– Airboxes, Intercooler/Radiator End Tanks, Intake piping etc.
– Marketing Material.
o Product Design
o Stress Analysis – Metallic/Composite
– Suspension Design
– Engine/Transmission Mounts
– Aerodynamic Devices – Wings, Wing Mounts etc.
o Detailed CAD Design
– Aerodynamic Design for all budgets
– Track Testing – Flow Visualisation
– CFD – Realtime Correlation
ANSYS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software allows us to predict, with confidence, the impact of fluid flows on your design. CFD is commonly referred to as a virtual wind tunnel, however its capabilities go well past what a wind tunnel is capable of providing at a fraction of the cost. CFD is also extremely repeatable across a large number of setup variables and removes the inaccuracies and noise of wind tunnel testing.
Because of solver robustness and speed, development team knowledge and experience, and advanced modeling capabilities, ANSYS fluid dynamics solutions provide results you can trust with many of the top Formula 1 Teams and America’s Cup teams choosing ANSYS CFD.
Our ANSYS structural analysis software (FEA) allows us to rapidly solve complex structural engineering problems. The FEA analysis tools we use from market leader, ANSYS provide the ability to simulate every structural aspect of a design:
• Linear static analysis that provides stresses or deformations
• Modal analysis that determines vibration characteristics
• Advanced transient nonlinear phenomena involving dynamic effects and complex behaviors
High-performance computing (HPC) adds tremendous value to engineering simulation by enabling the creation of large, high-fidelity models that yield accurate and detailed insight into the performance of a proposed design. These size models are critical in the analysis of Motorsport, Marine and Aerospace designs giving these simulations a high degree of accuracy and confidence that the results will meet customer expectations. This is because our extremely accurate simulations are predicting the actual performance of the product under real-world conditions.
HPC also adds value by enabling greater simulation throughput. Using HPC resources, our team can analyze not just a single design idea, but many design variations parametrically.
Higgins Motorsport run a 1975 Lola T400 in F5000 competition in New Zealand and Australia. Kinetic Sim created a 3D model of the entire car and developed a fully parametric CFD model to map the downforce, drag and centre of pressure at each front and rear wing setting. Higgins Motorsport used this data to help set the car up at each circuit. This led to them winning the 2014 NZ F5000 Championship.
Avanti Track/Time Trial Bikes
As part of our ongoing collaboration with Avanti, Dave was involved with the structural, mechanical and aerodynamic development of the Avanti Pista Evo 2 and Chrono Evo 2. The bike has had much competition success winning Gold at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and the 2012 UCI World Championship. They have also won New Zealands most prestigious product design award, the 2011 Supreme Purple Pin Best Award and an international 2012 Red Dot Design Award.
3 Rotor Racing WTAC RX7
Andy Duffin's GTRNZ GT2 Mazda RX7 needed a new aerodynamics package for the World Time Attack Competition in Sydney. He commissioned KInetic Sim to undertake a full CFD analysis of the car developing a whole new package aimed at drastically increasing downforce while keeping drag to a minimum. The car being a naturally aspirated 20B PP Rotary engine up against high power turbocharged cars meant reducing drag was critical.
Carl Hansen Racing TVR Tuscan
Developing a new aero package for the Carl Hansen Racing TVR Tuscan in the GT1 class in the New Zealand GTRNZ series. The car is already a very potent package with Kinetic Sim being brought on-board to update the aerodynamics on the car to increase front end downforce and rear end efficiency.
RME Nemisis Sportscar
Kinetic Sim have been tasked to develop a new aerodynamics package for a Nemesis Sportscar competing in the NZ Sportscar Championship. The design will be developed with CFD and will incorporate all new underbody aerodynamics.
REMRAF Racing Nissan R35 GTR Endurance
Kinetic Sim are developing a new front end for the REMRAF Racing R35 Nissan GTR which is run in the New Zealand Endurance Series. The car has run in the North Island series and is undergoing some refinements for both aerodynamic downforce, drag reduction and cooling improvements.
Aero development of the Avanti Olympic Sprint Bike
As part of our ongoing partnership with Avanti Bikes, Kinetic Simulation were tasked with the CFD development of the Olympic Track Bike for the Cycling NZ Sprint Team. The Avanti Pista Team SP was used by Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins to win a Silver Medal in Rio in the Men's Team Sprint event.
Aero development of the Avanti Olympic Pursuit Bike
As part of our ongoing partnership with Avanti Bikes, Kinetic Simulation were tasked with the CFD development of the Olympic Track Bike for the Cycling NZ Pursuit Team. The Avanti Pista Pursuit Team was used by the Men's and Women's Endurance Team at the Rio Olympics in 2016. It featured a world first front end design for a Track Bike.
Design of a Track Sprint Handlebar
As part of our ongoing partnership with Avanti Bikes, Kinetic Simulation were tasked with the complete development of a one-piece composite handlebar for the Cycling NZ Sprint Team. The handlebar was used by the Olympic Silver Medal winning Mens Team Sprint Team.
Aerodynamic Design of a Track Disc Wheel for HPSNZ
As part of the 2016 Olympic Development, Kinetic Simulation was commissioned by HPSNZ to design the shape of a new Track Disc Wheel to reduce drag over the existing wheels the team were using.
CFD design for the PMQ T1 Evo M
Kinetic Sim worked with PMQ to 3D scan their existing aerodynamic package and carry out a CFD analysis. Using this baseline we developed a new aerodynamics package for both a WTAC arrangement and also a standard motorsport legal design.
Designing a BMW for PMQ Design
We were asked by PMQ Design to design a new BMW body from scratch for a new racecar based around the architecture of their existing PMQ T1 chassis.
The complete redesign of a Juno SSE body
We have designed a completely new body and floor for a sportscar based on the Juno SSE. Working with the client and JUNO Sportscars the development included a CFD designed body, new V6 engine, new wheels, uprights and suspension and a new gearbox.
Consultant to ETNZ for the 35th Americas Cup
David was a consultant to the ETNZ design team involved in the design of the cycling setup in the AC35 yacht. He was involved in the groundbreaking top secret project for two years leading up to the event in Bermuda.
Racelab BMW 320 GT3/DRM
We are in the process of working with our client Racelab to design and build a GT3 spec car from scratch based on a BMW E21 320 DRM look. This car has a CFD designed aerodynamic body and pushrod suspension and is powered by an M6 GT3 twin turbo V8 engine.
McLaren 650S GT3 Aero Update
We have developed a new aero kit for the McLaren 650S GT3 car for SBT Motorsport. We have redesigned and moved the intercooler package and designed a new front undertray and roof scoop. We have also specced a new dual element rear wing.
Andy Higgins / Higgins Motorsport.
Design and Engineering
David has a strong background in composites, stress analysis and aerodynamics. Since completing a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland, he has worked in motorsport, aerospace and sports engineering. He was a co-founder of the University of Auckland Formula SAE race car team and also competed nationally in single-seaters and Porsches.
In aerospace he worked as a Senior Aeronautical Engineer responsible for stress analysis and FEA of composite and metallic structures.
He then went on to consulting to Avanti Bikes on the aerodynamic development of their track and time-trial bikes for the Commonwealth Games and London Olympics through CFD Analysis and Wind Tunnel testing. His bikes have received the international Red Dot Design Award and New Zealand’s top product design award, the Supreme Purple Pin. His bikes have taken Commonwealth Game Gold medals and World Championships.
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