Multi-Disciplinary Design of the Champ Car Atlantic Race Car 2006-01-3663
This paper presents the design process resulting from the compressed design and build program of the Swift 016.a Champ Car Atlantic race car, highlighting particular items of interest in the stylistic, aerodynamic, and mechanical design of the vehicle. Although the new engine produced 25% more power than its predecessor, the vehicle sale price constraint was reduced by 39%. The cost and time constraints presented challenges to the design of a vehicle that was required to outperform the previous generation car. In only 226 calendar days, 40 open wheel race cars were designed, manufactured, and delivered, setting a historical precedent within the auto racing industry.