Autodesk, one of the leading
developers and sellers of CAD software, is teaming up with the
fast-action, highly prestigious IZOD IndyCar Series in a three-year
deal meant to expose and familiarize all of the IndyCar race teams
with the entire Autodesk collection of software.
IndyCar has used Autodesk’s AutoCAD software to design garage
layouts for strategic unloading and loading at different venues
around the world. But IndyCar’s engineers have never used AutoCAD
near its full potential. From a closer look, these two companies
may actually make a fine duo. IndyCar plans to use AutoCAD for its
versatility and huge array of tools in order to allow IndyCar
teams to create faster, safer, and more innovative cars.
engineering and operations group will use Autodesk Digital
Prototyping applications to design and engineer product
innovations for chassis designs, parts, and components.
AutoCAD is already used by the racing organization to plan and
draw layouts for sled crash tests used to make IndyCar open-wheel
racing safer. The Autodesk Product Design Suite will be perfect
for prototyping and simulating different chassis designs. It will
also allow them to experiment with different layouts for the
racecar’s systems in order to improve aerodynamics. The software
comes with tools designed to work with different materials like
sheet metal and plastics. Welds, structural framework and
harnesses, and cables are easily incorporated into designs, as
well. IndyCar says it plans to implement any innovation created
from the software into all cars, as standards, to produce faster
but fair and safe racing.
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