FAQs

Got a Question about Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub?

Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about SSEHub.

From the North (M1/A43): On the A43 take the exit towards Stowe/ Dadford. At the top of the slip road take the left-hand lane and filter left. On the dual carriage way, stay in the right-hand lane as you approach the roundabout. (the entrance to the circuit will be on your left). At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Silverstone Park.

From the South (M40/A43): On the A43 take the A413 exit towards Stowe/ Dadford/Abthorpe. Continue on A413. Turn right onto Dadford Road A413. At the roundabout go straight over. On the dual carriage way, stay in the right-hand lane as you approach the roundabout. (the entrance to the circuit will be on your left). At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Silverstone Park.

There are a couple of unique features in the Sports Performance Wind Tunnel; The Cycling Simulator and Power Absorption Resistance Rollers:

The Cycling Simulator – The tunnel is equipped with state-of-the-art software enabling the rider to experience a real-life closed loop simulator experience. As the rider increases their cadence and in turn wheel speed, the wind speed increases. As the rider adopts a more aerodynamically efficient position the power required to maintain a speed reduces. This has been developed by our in-house software team and is therefore unique to SSEH.

Power Absorption Resistance Rollers – Alongside the simulator is also a resistance roller which absorbs power from the rider to give a more realistic feel to testing and enables the rider to experience different levels of resistance controlled by the engineer or technician depending on the type of testing required.

Designed with efficiency in mind, the tunnel also can be adjusted to any value within the full range of yaw angles and speeds, for testing various combinations of conditions, while the fan is running. Check out our Sports Performance Wind Tunnel page for further details.

 

As an organisation you will have access to cutting-edge R&D tools as part of a completely confidential, customisable experience. Whether you require industry-leading expertise and consultancy on a project or the freedom to perform your own independent research in a facility built specifically for sports engineering, the Hub is designed to cater for you needs.

As an individual there are many ways you can take advantage of the facility. There are lots of opportunities such as bike aerodynamic fit sessions and cycling consultancy with Drag2Zero, 3D scanning and CFD analysis with TotalSim, or even becoming the owner of a Vorteq skinsuit.

Links and descriptions for options are provided below:

TotalSim: Leaders in Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

https://www.totalsimulation.co.uk/

Drag2Zero: Providing technical and aerodynamic consultancy services to the cycle industry.

https://drag2zero.co.uk/

Vorteq: Home to the world’s fastest skinsuit.

https://vorteqsports.co.uk

Where can I stay locally?

You may be travelling to the Hub and require accommodation over a period of testing. Silverstone and the surrounding area have many places to stay:

Whittlebury Park: “Modest rooms and suites, plus 4 eateries, a luxe spa, a historic golf course and free hot breakfast. This functional resort hotel is adjacent to the Whittlebury Park golf centre and 3.8 miles from Silverstone Circuit.”

https://www.whittlebury.com/

Silverstone Golf Club & Hotel: “Set in a low-rise building on a golf course surrounded by a forest, this tranquil, warm hotel is a mile from the A43 road and 2 miles from motor races at the Silverstone Circuit.”

https://www.silverstonegolfclub.co.uk/

Travelodge Towcester Silverstone: “Unassuming budget hotel offering straightforward rooms with custom-designed beds, plus free parking. The hotel is just 5 miles from the Silverstone Circuit motor racing site.”

https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/185/Towcester-Silverstone-hotel