Autodesk and INDYCAR have signed a three-year technology partnership. The partnership will provide broad access to Autodesk software offerings, including Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Simulation 360, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, and Autodesk PLM 360, to IZOD IndyCar Series teams and drivers.
"INDYCAR's technological heritage dates to the use of the first rearview mirror on an automobile during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911," said Greg Gruning, executive vice president, corporate business development at INDYCAR. "Our partnership with Autodesk is a 21st century technology collaboration that gives INDYCAR new opportunities to improve our sport both on and off the racetrack in the near and long term."
INDYCAR's engineering and operations group will use digital prototyping applications such as Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD to design and engineer chassis designs, parts and components. The group also plans to employ the cloud-based Autodesk Simulation 360 to digitally simulate the performance impact of design changes before they are added to the race cars.
"Gaining full access to our product portfolio will let INDYCAR take advantage of all that we have to offer, from the desktop to the cloud," said Brenda Discher, vice president, manufacturing industry strategy and marketing at Autodesk. "Like INDYCAR, we are always keeping an eye on the road ahead, and we look forward to being part of their continued track record of success."
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.