Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Red Bull Racing Chooses Firehole for their F1 composite materials

Firehole Technologies, Inc., a leader in the development of analysis software for composite materials, announced today that Red Bull Racing has chosen their Helius:MCT software package and selected Firehole for participation in their technology development program.

Red Bull Racing will use Helius:MCT for computer-aided design and engineering of advanced composite materials – such as the carbon fiber-based materials commonly used in Formula One wings and chassis structures. This will result in better designs in a shorter amount of time, and ultimately improve performance on the track for the Red Bull Racing Formula One cars.

Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal, Christian Horner, said: “The composites on our racecars must meet strict FIA regulations, while also being extremely strong, stiff and reliable. We have a short production schedule to meet, so our parts must be engineered right the first time – we have no time for extensive physical prototyping and redesigns. Integrating Helius:MCT into our engineering process will allow us to quickly produce accurate ‘virtual prototypes’ enabling us to improve the performance of our cars. Additionally, we are excited to have Firehole Technologies join us as an Innovation Partner; the exchange of expertise in our areas will exemplify the kind of innovative solution development we are looking for in such partnerships.”

Firehole’s CEO, Jerad Stack said: “We look forward to having Red Bull Racing join the growing number of Helius:MCT customers and to playing a role in their continued success. Both computer simulation and composite materials are keys to winning in Formula One, and our technology can improve the performance and safety of composites in Formula One cars. The engineering team at Red Bull Racing is on par with any we have seen, and we are excited for them to help us continuously improve our product and develop the next generation of composite simulation solutions.”