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315.436 Racing engines and racing cars
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to contribute technical solutions and ideas shown and discussed in racing vehicle construction and racing engines to the development of concepts for future-oriented road vehicles as a major contribution to improving efficiency and reducing emissions.

Subject of course

Introduction to the history and development of motorsports, comparison of motorsporst and series with references to development priorities that apply to both series and high-performance engines, technical description and assessment of high-performance engines with and without turbocharging and their design features, history and state of the art by example of selected Formula 1 engines from 1966 - 2020.

The racing cars of Formula 1, the DTM, the WEC (Le Mans) and Formula E are specially treated based on regulations, vehicle concept, aerodynamics, safety devices, drive, transmission, chassis and brakes. Concluding with an outlook and a discussion about the future of motorsport in general.

Teaching methods

Discussion and analysis of the development of specific technologies using historically arranged case studies. From this, concepts for future motorsport and road traffic will be developed and discussed, partly in groups.

Mode of examination




Course dates

09:00 - 17:0029.04.2024 - 30.04.2024Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Rennmotoren und Rennfahrzeuge
Racing engines and racing cars - Single appointments
Mon29.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Rennmotoren und Rennfahrzeuge
Tue30.04.202409:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Rennmotoren und Rennfahrzeuge
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written exam!

PLEASE NOTE: All exams at our institute are to be taken in GERMAN!

As all our written exams take place in parallel, registration for only one exam is permitted per exam date! Multiple registrations will not be tolerated! Failure to turn up to an exam to which the student has registered will result in an 8-week ban on the exam (in accordance with section 18a of the Statute on Study Law)! De-registrations after the registration deadline will not be considered!

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.01.2024 08:00 26.04.2024 12:00 26.04.2024 12:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Elective
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Elective


Script will be provided in TISS!


Niki Lauda Formel 1, Technik und Praxis des Grand Prix Sports 1975, F. Indra Verlag Orac Wien ISBN 3-85368-817-9

Niki Lauda, die neue Formel 1, Das Turbo Zeitalter 1982, F. Indra, Verlag Orac Wien ISBN 3-83568-910-8

Schnelle Motoren seziert und frisiert, Helmut Hütten 1984. Motorenbuchverlag Stuttgart ISBN 3-87943-974-8

Formel 1 Motoren – Leistung am Limit, G. Hack, F. Indra, 1997, Motorbuchverlag Stuttgart, ISBN 3-613-01803-9

Mehrventilmotoren Entwicklung-Technik-Typen, G. Hack, F. Indra, 2003, Motorbuchverlag Stuttgart, ISBN 3-613-02260-5

Classic Racing Engines, Karl Ludwigsen, 2001, Haynes Publishing, ISBN  1-85960-649-0

Formula 1 Technology, Peter Wright 2001, SAE International, ISBN 0-7680-0234-6

Formel 1 Technik unter der Lupe, David Tremayne 2002, Motorbuchverlag, ISBN 3-613-02114-5

Ferrari Formula 1, Peter Wright 2003, SAE International, ISBN 0-7680-1341-0

Rennwagentechnik, Michael Trzesniowski 2010, Springer Fachmedien, Wiesbaden, SBN 978-3-8348-0857-8

How to build a car, Adrian Newey 2018, Pantauro Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7105-0031-2

Related papers and presentations:

Der Audi V8 FSI Biturbo Motor für das 24-Stunden Rennen in Le Mans, Dipl.-Ing. U. Baretzky, Dr. W. Ullrich, Dipl.-Ing. H. Diel, 24. Wiener Motorensymposium, 15./16. Mai 2003

Optimierte Entwicklungsmethode zur Verbesserung der Gemischaufbereitung für den Audi R8 FSI Motor für Le Mans, Dipl.-Ing. U. Baretzky, Dr. W. Ullrich, Dipl.-Ing. T. Pfeffer, 25. Wiener Motorensymposium, 29./30. April 2004

Audi – Der Sieger von Le Mans, Dr. W. Ullrich, ÖVK Vortrag Wien, 11. Mai 2004

Der V10 TDI für die 24h von Le Mans, Dipl.-Ing. U. Baretzky, Dr. W. Ullrich, Dipl.-Ing. H. Diel, 32. Wiener Motorensymposium, 5./6. Mai 2011

Der 3,7l V6 TDI für die 24h von Le Mans - Sieg einer neuen Idee, Dipl.-Ing. U. Baretzky, Dr. W. Ullrich, Dipl.-Ing. W. Hatz, 34. Wiener Motorensymposium, 25./26. April 2013

Audi: 35 Jahre erfolgreich im Motorsport, Dr. W. Ullrich, ÖVK Vortrag Wien, 2. Februar 2017

Der 4,0l V6 TDI für die 24h von Le Mans - Sieg der Effizienz, Dipl.-Ing. U. Baretzky, Dr. W. Ullrich, Dipl.-Ing. H. Diel,  39. Wiener Motorensymposium, 26./27. April 2018

Effizienzentwicklung am Beispiel des 4,0l V6 TDI für Le Mans und Ausblick für künftige Reglements, Dipl.-Ing. U. Baretzky, Dr. W. Ullrich, ÖVK Vortrag Wien, 3. Dezember 2018

Previous knowledge

Profound knowledge about internal combustion engines and vehicles as well as a great interest in racing