Stock car racing team Richard Childress Racing (RCR) have signed a new multi-year partnership with software firm Ansys.
Under the terms of the agreement, the top-tier Nascar Cup Series outfit will leverage the company’s Ansys Pervasive Engineering Simulation software to predict machine performance and enhance the speed of their race car.
Ansys will serve as the ‘digital twin’ of RCR’s new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, giving the team’s engineers a more complete understanding of how the race car will operate under race track conditions that are nearly impossible to test. Sensors and actuators will be installed in the car to capture data, monitor real-time analytics and carry out predictive maintenance testing, helping to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle and reduce expensive wind tunnel testing time.
“Our competitive advantage is absolutely dependent on our ability to use simulation in all areas of our racing efforts,” said RCR’s chief technology officer Eric Warren. “Our partnership with Ansys will empower us to implement a true digital twin and set a new benchmark of performance development and efficiency.”
“RCR is a true pioneer in innovation on and off the track,” said Shane Emswiler, vice president and general manager of mechanical, fluids and electronics at Ansys. “Building a digital twin will deliver accurate, insightful and reliable results that impact performance every week during race season. Using Ansys Pervasive Engineering Simulation throughout the entire racecar lifecycle, RCR will race faster, safer and more aerodynamic vehicles.”
The new technology will be implemented in time for the start of the 2018 Nascar Cup Series season, which begins with the Daytona 500 on Sunday.