High Performance Car Design

Course content


The Program aims to train professionals able to design high performance road vehicles, with strong skills in vehicle design, dynamics and NVH, aerodynamics and electronics. The Master’s Degree Course in High Performance Car Design lasts two academic years and covers the main aspects of vehicle design and manufacturing, dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), materials behaviour, mechanic technology, aerodynamics, thermofluid dynamics, automatic controls, electronic sensors.

It is part of the Master’s Degree Program in Advanced Automotive Engineering (AAE). The first semester of the first academic year is common with the other 4 curricula of the AAE Master’s Degree (Advanced Powertrain, Racing Car Design, Advanced Motorcycle Engineering, Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing).

The number of places is limited to a maximum of 20 students. Admissions are based on merit and interviews evaluating motivations and skills. All teachings are delivered entirely in the English language.

The international teaching staff of Muner includes highly experienced lecturers and professionals. The contents have been defined together with the contribution of the partner companies so as to ensure that training is in line with current requirements of the labour market. The aim is providing knowledge and skills related to the design of motorvehicles that are high-performance and suitable for competitions. From hybrid and electric motor propellers to production systems with typical features of the new manufacturing 4.0 environment.

The Program requires student participation in numerous laboratory activities either on campus or on the premises of industrial partners, in line with a “learning by doing” approach. It also includes mandatory internships in private companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.

Over 80.000 students

Teaching programme


The High Performance Car Design Course is held entirely in Modena Campus.

Location: Modena Campus

year sem teaching credits
1 1 Manufacturing and Assembly Technologies / Science and Technology of Metallic and Composite Materials 12
1 1 Mechanical vibrations 6
1 1 Vehicle Conceptual Design 6
1 2 Automotive Computer Aided Design CAD 6
1 2 CFD Fundamentals and Aerodynamics 9
1 2 FEM Fundamentals and Chassis Design 9
1 2 Vehicle Dynamics 12


Location: Modena Campus

year sem teaching credits
2 1 Automotive Electronic Systems 6
2 1 Automotive Fluid Power Systems 6
2 2 Vehicle NVH Testing 6
2 2 Elective Courses 12
2 2 Final Project 12
2 2 Internships and/or Laboratory 12

Elective Courses

year sem teaching credits
2 2 Passive/Active Noise & Vibration Control 6
2 2 Experimental Vehicle Analysis 6
2 2 Additive Manufacturing of Automotive Components 6
2 2 Formula SAE 6
2 2 Automotive Thermal Control 6
2 1 Product Safety, Product Liability and Automotive 6


Internships and career perspectives


The educational path has been designed in strong cooperation with Companies operating in the automotive sector to allow a seamless insertion of the graduated in high profile roles in the research, development and manufacturing environments focused on vehicles and their technologies.

Since companies are requiring engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialized skills, due to complete the Master’s Degree Program, students have to attend mandatory internships in private companies, as well as, lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach. Moreover, students also attend seminars with industrial and international speakers, factory visits, alumni talks throughout the year.

The High Performance Car Design engineer will be in charge of the set-up and development of vehicles, ranging from fundamental design aspects and up to the design of the main groups and “cold” sub-groups of high performance vehicles.

Want to know More

Mail: info@motorvehicleuniversity.com
Phone +39 059 2056302

Bologna Campus
Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering coordinator: Prof. Riccardo Rovatti
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione "Guglielmo Marconi" - DEI
Viale del Risorgimento, 2

Modena Campus
Advanced Automotive Engineering coordinator: Prof. Francesco Leali
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) Enzo Ferrari Engineering Department
Via Pietro Vivarelli, 10

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund
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