Vehicle Aerodynamics Consulting and Seminars


"I wished I had Paul as a teacher when I attended Art Center."
- Ken Okuyama, designer of the Ferarri Enzo and past Transportation Chair of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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The seminar will utilize this reference book throughout the day to hit home points per the fine illustrations of windtunnels, wing designs and more and graphs of invaluable data not normally found in typical racing literature and/or magazines.

New Directions in Race Car Aerodynamics is the first book to summarize the secrets of the rapidly developing field of high-speed vehicle design. Over the past 15 years, author Joseph Katz has been involved with aerodynamic development in the most competitive areas of motorsport today. From Formula One, to Indy Car, Drag and Sedan Racing, this book provides clear explanations for both engineers who want to improve their design skills, and enthusiasts who want to understand how their favorite cars go fast.

Dr. Joe Katz explains in his book:

  • How aerodynamics win races

  • Why downforce is more important than streamlining and drag reduction

  • Designing wings and venturis-what works and what doesn't

  • Wind tunnel designs, methods and results-what you can and cannot believe

  • Full definitions of terms, with equations and examples provided for determining key aerodynamic parameters like drag, lift and side-force coefficients, fluid viscosity, or wind-tunnel corrections

  • Numerous examples using specific race cars, passenger-based prototypes, and open-wheel designs.


"This book brings together a wealth of information. It accurately and clearly explains what things work, as well as why they work. This book will become one of the classics in race car design."
-Albert George
John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cornell University

"The book combines clear explanations, illustrations and photos to help the enthusiast understand a complex subject, with invaluable reference material--including equations--for the professional race car engineer."
-Lee Dykstra
Racing Engineering Consultant, Designer and ChampCar Series Technical Director


Updated on Oct. 26, 2008

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