Designing Lightyear One: Aerodynamics
us the aerodynamic design goes hand in hand with the aesthetic design”.
My passion for aerodynamics has been
We are still improving the outer shape of the car to reduce resistance. I love this creative process. It is a constant challenge, always looking for things that will lower the air resistance even further so we get closer to our ultimate resistance goal. Right now the Cd is estimated to be below 0.20, well below the current market leaders, but we are always looking to create an even lower number. The Cd is the ‘Coefficient of the Drag Area’, that is the resistance coefficient of the car times the frontal surface. It is a value used to indicate the aerodynamic performance of the car.
Designing the Lightyear One is special. The nice thing about my work at Lightyear is how I
I am especially proud to be part of the team, of how we present ourselves to the rest of the world. I also love the reactions that I get from people when I tell them where I work and what I do. In addition, the first wind tunnel test was quite a highlight for me. We simulate many of our aerodynamic designs in software programs before testing them in real life, but putting our design to test in a