Ahlman Engineering Results

Results Driven

Wins & Awards

IndyCar Results


Honda Performance Development - Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
  • Vehicle dynamics simulation software development and application support with contributions to multiple Indy 500 wins.

The Jack Award Jack Roush MVP

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Ford Racing - Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports
  • Significant chassis development contribution to 30 Wins including:

    • Record 9 wins in one season with Carl Edwards

    • Daytona 500 champion (when the track was rough and required handling)

  • Second place in the Championship

  • Road Course wins

    • 4 out of 7 races won in which Ahlman led design and development

  • Ahlman received the 2007 Jack Award (Roush Fenway Racing MVP Award)
Ford GT Heritage Colors Front View

Ford GT

  • 2004 Ford Motor Company Chassis Technical Excellence Award Recipient
    • Specifically for a method Ahlman invented and developed to predict the required frame stiffness for the Ford GT
  • Led chassis and vehicle dynamics architecture, design, development and system engineering, beginning to end, on this historic vehicle

CART ChampCar - Team Rahal

  • Chassis development contribution to 9 wins
  • Second place in the Championship
Bobby Rahal ChampCar at Homestead


Ford GT

Originated, Developed and Applied
  • Completed the production suspension geometry and bushing stiffnesses that met all kinematics and compliance targets, with  signifciant commonality, in two weeks time
    • One common upper control arm at all four corners
    • Three bushings total for all eight arms
    • Utilized four simultaneous kinematics and compliance Design of Experiements (DOE's) to achieve these results


  • Ford Chassis Technical Excellence award for frame torsional stiffness target methodology successfully applied to the Ford GT


  • Control arm fastener strategy
    • Threaded into the frame castings- a first for Ford Motor Company
      • Included specific tapered counter bores for assembly and clamp load
      • Completed all joint design, fastener calculations and and resultant sizing
Ford GT Chassis

Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR Chassis Development Process and Application

Originated, Developed and Applied
  • Race week “Playbook” content and method
  • Design of Experiments (DOE) Tools and Methods
    • Rough road and handling combined including shock optimization
  • Metrics, metrics grouping, which ones when
  • Handling event methodology and definition
Roush Fenway Racing 1-2-3 at Dover

Team Rahal CART ChampCar Chassis Development Process and Application

Originated, Developed and Applied in 1998 by Ahlman and still applied at Ford Racing today
  • Vehicle Dynamic Design of Experiments (DOE) Optimization and Sensitivity Spreadsheet Analysis
  • DOE Smooth Road analysis
  • Stepwise regression routine critical to DOE methods
  • DOE design matrix strategy
  • Separation of flow for a dynamic damper model to allow data gathering, usage and analysis of individual flow path data (fixed bleed, adjustable bleed, shinstacks, etc) rather than having to test every combination
Bobby Rahal in a CART ChampCar at Homestead