Given the present world wide situation we have decided to make some changes to our plans for the 2020 Mantium Challenge. Like the real F1 championship we are going to postpone our introduction of the next generation of F1 cars and instead continue with last years rules set, allowing you all to get started now if you have some enforced "free time" on your hands.
For anyone new to the competition here is a brief rundown:-
The aim of the competition is to design the aerodynamics of a "Grand Prix-style" car using 3D CAD. We hold a number of Virtual races throughout the year. You submit your car design to us and we run the CFD analysis of it using Mantium Flow CFD software. We then use the aerodynamic coefficients to run the cars through Virtual Stopwatch laptime software and calculate the fastest car over one lap.
Entry to the competition is free, and you can use free software to design the car (for example, FreeCAD), and to run your own CFD tests (Mantium Flow).
The car design is very much similar, but not identical to F1 2020 rules. Some areas are more restrictive, other areas are less restrictive; We did not intend on exactly matching the real F1 rules, so please be aware of this when determining your designs; the Mantium Rulebook is final and no reference is made to the real F1 rules when determining eligibility.
Who should enter?
- Anyone who has an interest in the technical aspects of modern race cars
- Anyone interested in aerodynamics
- Anyone interested in learning to use CFD software
- Anyone wanting to improve their 3D CAD skills
- Students wanting to add something extra to their CV
- Anyone on F1Technical who claims to have a good aerodynamic knowledge -here's your chance to prove it,
The provisional calendar is as follows:
10.05.2020: Monaco Grand Prix - Monaco Circuit
21.06.2020: Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring (A1-Ring)
23.08.2020: Italian Grand Prix - Autodromo Nazionale Monza
27.09.2020: Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka Circuit
01.11.2020: Brazilian Grand Prix - Autodromo Interlagos
For entry and registration go to
For those who do not know:-
User LVDH is Andre, he runs Mantium CAE and does the CFD Analysis.
My name is Richard (surname Machin) and I wrote the Virtual Stopwatch lap time program.
Good luck, and we hope to see you on the grid shortly!