PTC, the Product Development Company, has advised that Audi Sport, the motor sports division of Audi AG, will shortly complete its 11th consecutive year of successful motor sports partnership with PTC. Audi Sport deploys on PTC’s Product Development Solution, including Pro/ENGINEER, the CAD/CAM/CAE solution, and Windchill, the information and process management system, to develop its winning race cars for both the German Saloon Masters (DTM), as well as the program with the Sport Prototype including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Windchill PDMLink has been deployed to capture and manage all product development information to help maximise engineering productivity for the Audi Sport development teams. Windchill PDMLink also enables collaboration between the Audi Sport team and the Audi brand group as part of their ongoing technology transfer.
In a spectacular achievement the Audi R10 TDI won both its maiden race at the 2006 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans. Audi R10 TDI was the first diesel to win either of those events. The Audi R10 sports prototype is a testament to the power of the Product Development System. In only 10 month’s development time, the Audi Sports engineering department in Neckarsulm (Germany) developed and built a revolutionary 12 cylinder diesel engine that excels in both torque and power output. In its first Le Mans participation ever, the R10 TDI not only achieved the fast lap ever, but also covered a new record distance of 380 rounds in 24 hours.
According to Audi, PTC Pro/ENGINEER has added a lot of value to its development efforts by reducing the development time for its different racing cars for many years now. As a great example, Audi was able to realise a complete redevelopment of the A4 DTM in only four and a half months. In a recent re-engineering project to optimise the V8 race engine for the DTM 2006 racing season Windchill PDMLink proved to be tremendously helpful to better manage its product development data. Providing collaborative access to data and product structures, it allowed the teams to work in parallel and save valuable time in the development process.
According to PTC, partnering with leading race teams like Audi Sport is a vital element in PTC’s strategy to provide leading edge solutions. With the necessity to be on the grid on next Sunday’s racing event, a product development system needs to be fast, reliable and effective. Working successfully against the extreme time pressures in racing clearly proves that PTC’s technology meets the needs of the automotive industry, where shorter product development cycles are day to day business.From Formula 1 to NASCAR to America's Cup sailing, performance teams partner with PTC to support their advanced and demanding design, development and manufacturing projects.