Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, developed by the international systems, defence and commercial aerospace company, has played a key role in preparing potential race set ups for the team’s two Formula One cars – even before they turn a wheel at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Martin Whitmarsh, Managing Director, McLaren Racing said the information supplied by the BAE Systems’ equipment has been critical in helping the team learn about the new circuit.
“These tools are of more importance at new circuits as we don’t have the bank of data from previous events for the preparatory work at the factory,” Whitmarsh said.
BAE Systems has been a Technology Partner of McLaren Racing since 1994, sharing an approach dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology and setting new standards of excellence in the development of high performance engineering products.
“The synergies between the aerospace and motor racing industries are obvious given the vital role aerodynamics plays in both,” said Simon Keith, Managing Director Middle East, BAE Systems.
“The principles are the same, except that aircraft require lift and cars need downforce, hence references to a Formula One car as ‘an upside down jet’.
“Our Technology Partnership with McLaren Racing helps sharpen the focus on high quality engineering as mission critical – the theme at the heart of BAE Systems’ Engineering Excellence Programme. The transfer of technology, culture and expertise between the two companies is invaluable for both sides,” added Keith.
The 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix marks the first Formula One World Championship event in the Middle East. The West McLaren Mercedes cars will be driven by David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen.
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