Australia-based racing team, Kelly Racing has been named the Autodesk October Inventor of the Month for its innovative use of design and simulation software from Autodesk, Inc.
Kelly Racing uses Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Simulation CFD software to precisely design and validate new car components, helping the team create race-ready car components in record time, all without hitting the track for physical testing.
Autodesk applications such as Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Simulation CFD, Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics and Autodesk Vault Professional enable Kelly Racing to achieve quick turnaround in new component design, given that the period between races is often a window of less than three weeks.
Rick Kelly, team racer and co-owner explains that Autodesk provides the technology and expertise to streamline their entire design process, helping them beat their competition on the track and in the marketplace. Incorporating Autodesk Product Design Suite has enabled Kelly Racing to further enhance their workflow.
Faster design and faster cars with digital prototyping
Following a race weekend, the drivers brief Kelly Racing’s in-house design and engineering team on the improvements required in the design. The designers then set to work with Inventor Professional design software to make modifications to the existing car parts that can enhance performance and save the team time on the track.
Engineers then test the revised designs with Autodesk Simulation CFD to optimise aerodynamic performance and ensure the components are able to perform at speeds of up to 300km per hour. Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics software is also used to predict and validate the mechanical performance of the new components.
Autodesk Vault Professional data management software helps manage the design process from initial concept to final release, providing the engineering team with greater control over the design process right up until the component or part is manufactured, released to the race department and put on the car.
Kelly Racing has adopted digital prototyping as its winning strategy, registering its first win just barely into its third season, and scoring two victories along with nine podium finishes till date.
Robert ‘Buzz’ Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk comments that Kelly Racing is using Autodesk software to accelerate design processes in a way that gives its team a powerful competitive advantage, enabling it to operate at peak performance and compete at the highest levels of racing.
Autodesk software is available in Australia from Autodesk Australia .