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Ansys technology racing ahead

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Ansys simulation software has helped Ferrari to win the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers', teams' and manufacturers' titles.

The company's computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology helped Ferrari to maintain its best-in-class aerodynamic performance. Specifically, Ferrari uses Ansys software to reduce overall drag, maximise downforce and to optimise its complex brake cooling systems, all of which are essential to keeping the car running properly. Ferrari engineers have extensively automated the simulation process and run many design iterations to improve speed, reliability and safety.

'Ferrari relies on fast and accurate simulation to design winning race cars like the 458 GT,' said Gilles Eggenspieler, senior product manager for the fluids line at Ansys. 'Our systematic approach to simulation enables engineers to conveniently evaluate multiple product design ideas across a range of operating conditions, leading to enhanced product performance and integrity.'

'The reliability of our cars has been one of the main drivers of our success for a second year running in this category,' said Enrico Cardile, responsible for aerodynamics, thermal management and air conditioning at Ferrari. 'As we begin to prepare for the upcoming 2014 season, we're confident that the high-fidelity results from ANSYS simulation will help us stay ahead of our competition both on and off the track.'

Ansys simulation software was also used by the four out of the top six F1 racing teams in the 2013 season; in particular the software was used by Infiniti Red Bull Racing, which won its fourth consecutive constructor’s championship.

Nathan Sykes, CFD and FEA tools team Leader at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, said: ‘We are confident that the speed and accuracy from ANSYS simulation solutions ultimately translates to victories on the track, while helping us remain compliant with tight racing regulations.’