The Design

Introducing the JDR-F1000.
The latest racecar from design engineer Jerry Hodges

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Design Philosophy

Design, engineer, and build a championship winning Formula 1000 car to maximize performance within the rules; while keeping the chassis and components modular, allowing other formula and sports racers to be designed around the same major parts. All this, while keeping costs reasonable.


The aerodynamic package on the JDR is a result of well over 100(and counting…) CFD runs in a virtual wind tunnel. Chief Design Engineer, Jerry Hodges spent thousands of hours hand designing every detail of the JDR F1000 in 1:1 scale – giving the JDR something most 21st Century racecars are missing, human design.   Moving beyond the initial design stages, JDR utilized their in-house mini-supercomputer capable of meshing and solving cases with up to 30 million cells, allowing the computer to quantify and verify Hodges’ hand designs.  The ever-evolving shape of the bodywork is a blend of the human element, and computer analytics.  Utilizing the in house Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) computer analyzations throughout the design and development process, JDR is able to test new designs in a simulated wind tunnel immediately.   


The JDR was designed with two major concepts –  Be as light as possible and be the safest design available.   Through utilizing decades of engineering and design knowledge, CAD computer systems, FEA tools, and common sense, the JDR employs some of the strongest and stiffest parts available today, while also having key fail points to reduce the impact in the case of accident.   These systems have repeatedly not only kept the drivers safe in high impact accidents, but has also saved the frame on many occasions.