Motorsport Engineering Introduction Modules

Motorsport is a demanding sector that requires total commitment from all its players such as engineers, technicians, designers and managers. Without the necessary background knowledge and experience, it is very difficult to access.

Just as professional drivers are constantly preparing and training themselves to be successful in a championship, engineers and technicians have to act in the same way and in parallel, with the same working method and knowledge.

Objective

Monlau Motul Technical School offers a series of specific modules with great utility and high content for all those people who are passionate about Motorsport and want to be part of this exciting world.

High level training

A staff of teachers, active and experienced technicians, who develop their professional life in the circuits, competing in national and international championships.

In this introductory module you will learn and enjoy about the history of motorsport from its beginnings to the present day. In addition, we will analyse the different organisations and categories of the FIA and the FIM. that exist and have existed. You will have some sports regulations that have existed. This first module will help us to put ourselves in a situation and to acquire culture in this exciting world.

In this module you will discover what the current structures are like within a motorsport team of which you could one day be a member. This module will help you to know in detail what are the tasks of the main members of a team.

It is important that when we talk about a piece you can identify what we are referring to. Therefore, in this module we will explain the parts of a car and its main function. This module will serve you as a glossary of the technical vocabulary that we use daily inside the box.

Identify all main parts from a race car and a race motorbike; detailing all main areas of a vehicle: Engine components, aerodynamics devices, chassis parts, powertrain etc. With spare parts detailed module, the student will know perfectly all multiple and different pieces before knowing in
total depth each specific module.

In this module we will look at the parts that make up a racing motorbike, specifically a moto3. This module will serve you as a glossary to identify all the elements and to know their main function.

One of the tasks of a motorsport engineer is to make decisions on the setting of his vehicle. Learn which vehicle parameters modify its behaviour. We will see the tyre and how important it is. You will learn how to make different calculations and the steps to consider in order to achieve a good setting.

To gather extended vehicle dynamics understanding. To apply achieved knowledge into real race car cases. To understand the causes and effects of set up changes regarding race car dynamics.


- Vehicle performance.

- Slip angle and yaw.

- Oversteer and understeer.

- Suspension characteristics and geometry.

- Load trasfer formulae.

- Dampers and damping theory.

- Vehicle mathematical model.

- Tyres.

- Differential.

- Set up.

In the world of motorsport it is very important to know and interpret how the rider feels on the bike. The confidence that we can give you will be a key point. Therefore, this module will show the different aspects of setting and how they physically affect the behaviour of the bike.

Understand the basic concepts of the race motorbikes dynamic. Get into the race motorbikes behaviour on the race track. 

 - General race motorbikes geometries.

 - Front direction and traction geometries.

 - Suspension geometries. 

 -Mass, mass distribution, inertias and gyroscopic effects. 

- Front and rear suspension characteristics. 

- Race motorbikes tyre characteristics. 

- Brakes.

In order to be able to give instructions to our drivers and to understand the behaviour of our vehicle, it is necessary to have objective information. We will see the components of an acquisition system and differents examples that will help us to understand and interpret the data.

- Sensors used in race car data acquisition.
- Description, calibration and interaction 
of sensors and ECU.
- Data analysis: chassis and engine.

- Data engineer job description.

- Main software used are : AIM, PI and 
Magneti Marelli.

Racing motorbikes are equipped with a series of electronic components that allow us to have objective samples of what is happening on the track. We will see which components can monitor and how to use one of the most used systems in circuits such as the 2D program, as well as different examples that will help us to learn how to read and interpret the data.

Get the knowledge of the data acquisition system 2D on hardware and software side. Understand the different sensor and its use. Get into the race motorbikes analysis of the data’s.

 - Data acquisition system and its use.

 - Targets of the data acquisition system.

 - Hardware system: analogical and digital sensors, wiring loom and loggers.

 - Installation of the system on the race motorbikes.

 - Software system 2D. - Different channels introduction: basics, specific for the engine and frame acquisition.

 - Different channels for 2 and 4 stroke.

 - Calibrations, Boise, filters and calculations.

 - Way of work to set up and optimize the race motorbikes on the race track. 

- Optimization of the 2 and 4 stroke. 

- Optimization of the chassis performance.

Suspension elements have particular importance for the dynamics of our vehicle and consequently for its performance on the track. In this module we will look at the different parts and types of shock absorbers that will help us to understand better the dynamics of our vehicle.

- Working principles of common shock absorbers. 

 - Shock absorber characterization on dyno. 

- Springs, helpers, bump rubbers and its combination and interaction on vehicle setup.

- Natural frequency and damping coefficient calculation and choice depending on conditions.

- Hydraulic adjusters, working principles and effects on vehicle dynamics.

The engine is one of the main parts of our racing vehicle. In this module we will see what types of engines exist, the different parts that compose them, as well as the different steps and calculations that are considered for their mechanical preparation.

To analyse and understand the different kind of engines (2 stroke, 4 stroke, Otto, Diesel, turbo, etc.)
- Needs for each kind of car, from 
formulas to GT’s.
- Electronics applied.

- Different elements of the transmissions 
(gear box, differentials, etc.)
- Assembly of the different elements.

In single-brand competitions where the same motorbikes are raced, a differentiating factor is the condition and preparation of the engine. In this module we will look at a real example of preparation that will help you to see the key points to improve the engine performance.

To distinguish the differences between 2 and 4 stroke engines. Get the knowledge of a 2 stroke racing engine. Get knowledge of 4 stroke racing engine. Know the transmission system of the motorcycle power train.

 - Principals of 2 and 4 stroke.

 - 2 stroke racing engines.

 - 4 stroke different racing engine configurations.

 - Intake analysis.

 - Lubrication, fuel pump and refrigeration systems.

 - Engine balancing.

 - Gear box system, gears and shifter mechanism.

 - Clutch system.

 - Generators, electronic management and ECU systems.

Have a good lubricant and fuel conditions will affect the final performance of your vehicle. In this module we will explain what types of lubricants exist and how they will help us to make the best choice for our racing vehicle.

- Motul partnership.
- Race fuel and lubricants fabrication, 
chemical composition, main features analysis and its effect in race engine performance.
- Fabrication, homologation and logistics 
to supply in racetracks.

Achieving a correct and controlled relationship between the movement of the engine and the driving wheels is vital and this is thanks to transmission systems. In this module we will look at the different systems and calculations in order to have an optimal relationship.

- Basic transmission layouts used in race cars.
- Component description.

- Gear ratios calculation.

- Race clutch description and 
classification.
- Organic, sinter and carbon clutches.

From the engine to the wheel there are many parts that come into play and sometimes they are the ones that will allow us to have better speed or acceleration. In this module we will look at the different parts of the transmission and discover the key points to be able to choose one gear relationship or another.

- Gear ratios calculation depending on weather conditions, track characteristics and race strategy.

 - Its effect on driving style and engine performance: power and torque.

When mechanics are not enough, you have to take advantage of all available physics to have a better performance. Aerodynamics is one of the solutions that is becoming increasingly prominent. This module will help you to understand the different aerodynamic elements and what parameters need to be take into account.

This module extends the concepts of the aerodynamics block. In this case we will focus on the Aero maps and we will see an example of a calculation to achieve an optimal aerodynamic balance.

Main principles of aerodynamics and fluid dynamics. To obtain an overview of aero concepts and body interaction.
Knnowledge of aerodynamic formule and 
its application.
- Bernoulli’s equation.

- The boundary layer.

- Lift and drag coefficients.

- Principles of aerodynamics and fluid 
dynamics.

In Motorsport many materials are used to manufacture parts. The choice of materials for the different elements is not arbitrary. In this module you will learn what features each one has and the performance they can offer in Motorsport.

General overview of the materials used in motorsport. Learn how to choose the correct material for a given element or how to distinguish them. Know the basic properties of each material.


- Properties of the materials. 

- Physics

- Mechanicals

- Classifications of the materials.

- Metals.

- Ceramics.

- Polymers.

- Semiconductor.

- Compounds.

- Analysis race motorbikes needs.

- Analysis of the needs.

- Actual design.

- Welding process.

Marketing is oriented towards satisfying the needs and wishes of individuals and organisations through the creation and voluntary, competitive exchange of profit-generating products and services.

In this module we will explain the pillars of Marketing at a strategic and operational level and its application in Motorsport.

- Race team management.
- Sportive marketing .
- Sponsorship management and race
team finance situation.
- Introduction to Sports Marketing.
-Marketing Mix.
- Digital Marketing.
- Advertising as a form of sponsorship .
- Case Study (motorsport).
- Sponsorship in Sports Marketing (Motorsport).
- Calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) in a program of sports marketing.
- Concept 360: Exploitation of Sports Marketing.
- Development of a sports program and selection criteria of a sponsorship.
- Rights sponsor.
- Structure of the sponsors (Main, Secondary and Technical)
- Advantages and disadvantages of sponsorship.
- Keys to prepare a sponsorship proposal.

Motorsport always demands the highest performance from both vehicles and people. For the team, this can create moments of stress and tensions. This module delves into the importance of communication with people to handle the different situations in a racing team inside and outside the box.

- Team building.
- Management of relationships between 
team members.
- Relationship with driver / rider.

- Specific driver / rider preparation 
before free practice, qualifying and race.

To achieve the best time and be the fastest, speed and power are not enough. The braking variant can be decisive during a race. In this module we will see the parts that make up a braking system, the different problems that we may have, and their solution. As well as optimal braking calculation.

- Brake system description, components, functionality and characterization.
- Brake balance calculation and sizing of 
brake components.
- Description of main brake problems and 
solutions proposed.
- ABS and brake by wire system 
description.

Frequent questions

  • Short classes so you can learn on the go, on any device, anywhere. No more than 20 minutes at day.
  • You will have a very user-friendly and intuitive platform to follow the course.
  • Each time you finish a class, the next class will be unlocked. So you can go through the programme at your own pace.
  • You will have a community where you can share, contribute, ask questions and, most importantly, connect with people like you.
  • You also have downloadable material in each block to support the classes and expand as far as you need to.
  • They are approved by our own experience of our own institution Monlau Motul, for our more than 20 years training future professionals. We want our courses to be dynamic, we constantly update them according to the latest technical developments and therefore we do not want to lose flexibility.
  • All our courses are recognised by the Spanish Automobile Federation and the Spanish Motorcycling Federation.

Our masters have the balance to help from junior profiles with no experience, to professionals with years of experience in their sector. It is good for all of us to update ourselves and learn new concepts. All with a common denominator: their passion for Motorsport.

  • Yes. The programme is made up of videos and additional study resources in text: summaries, templates, pdfs, etc.

  • From a PC or laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Any digital device with internet access. The facilities provided by our courses will make learning as easy and intuitive as possible. Wherever and whenever you want.

Of course, at the end of the course or modules you choose, we will send you a diploma certified by Monlau Motul and recognized by the Real Cars Spanish Federation and the Real Motorbikes Spanish Federation.