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Optimization Wins the Race Against Time at Polestar

Wed, 04/09/2013

The Official Volvo Racing Team, first prize winner in 2012, leveraged modeFRONTIER platform to improve weight, aero-dynamics and brake distribution, achieving a lap time reduction from 0.19 to 0.50 seconds

 

Trieste (Italy), 9th April 2013 - Polestar Racing, the official Volvo racing team and first prize winner in the 2012 Touring Car Team Association (TTA) championship in Sweden, is getting ready for the 2013 season. Polestar engineers are using modeFRONTIER to quickly pinpoint the car configuration which grants the best performance for different circuits and operating conditions. The optimization platform brought improvements in weight, aero-dynamics and brake distribution, leading to a lap time reduction ranging from 0.19 to 0.50 seconds.

At Polestar, modeFRONTIER has been used in different steps of the development of the ‘Polestar Performance’ concept. The software is leveraged both as a tool for driving the aerodynamics, multibody and structural analysis process, and to improve the real lap time simulation. The platform developed by ESTECO turned essential in the 2012 season of the Racing Elite League run by TTA, when new rules were introduced leaving little room for engineering design changes. modeFRONTIER helped the team taking up the challenge by identifying the best combination of the Front-to-Rear weight, aerodynamics and brake distribution in less time.

With the new rules limiting track testing to three days, design simulation acquired an even greater importance as the best combination of the Front-to-Rear weight, aerodynamics and brake distribution in less time became the new target. “Considering the limited amount of time we have had for testing in this championship – says Per Blomberg, Manager of Chassis Development – this kind of interrelated parameters study would not have been possible without the capability of modeFRONTIER to extend the simulation analysis”. By integrating with Polestar various CAE tools, in only a few hours of simulation time modeFRONTIER piloted the evaluation of parameter combinations that might have never been tested, leading to enhanced configurations.

These improvements have contributed to Polestar Racing winning the first prize in the Drivers, Teams and Manufacturers categories in the 2012 Touring Car Team Association (TTA) championship. And the 2013 season is about to begin: the new optimized setup is undergoing testing on track this month, gearing up for the first race in Knutstorp on 3rd and 4th May 2013.

 

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