Simulation Helps Motorbike Racer Break Downhill Speed Record

Guy Martin and Sheffield Hallam

The team from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research with Guy Martin (center) Courtesy Channel 4.

The Engineer, November 2014

A team from Sheffield Hallam University used ANSYS CFD technology to design a gravity-powered sled that broke the world record for downhill speed. The vehicle was created around — and built to accommodate — a virtual prototype of Guy Martin. Martin, a mechanic, motorbike racer and TV presenter, then raced the vehicle downhill in France at a new world record speed of 85.61 mph, breaking his own 2013 world record of 83.49 mph.

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