Paris, June 20, 2001 - Every Formula One (F1) grid features the best in racing: top drivers and state-of-the-art racing cars designed and built using CATIA and ENOVIA Solutions. Of the 11 competing Formula One teams, 9 have designed either the car's chassis or engine, or both, in CATIA. In addition, Toyota Motorsport, the final F1 entrant in the 2002 racing season, is developing and building its complete car, from the ground up, in CATIA and ENOVIA Solutions.<br/>
CATIA Solutions is the world's leading computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software (CAD/CAM/CAE). ENOVIA Solutions provide collaborative product lifecycle management capabilities to create an open, knowledge-based environment that links companies, their customers and their suppliers. Dassault Systemes develops ENOVIA and CATIA; IBM's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) business unit and IBM Business Partners worldwide market, sell and support them.<br/>
"CATIA and ENOVIA are the de-facto standards for product life cycle management in Formula One," said Klaus Schäfer, director of worldwide digital enterprise sales, IBM Product Lifecycle Management. "The numbers speak for themselves. Current Formula One teams and engine manufacturers have purchased more than 800 CATIA and ENOVIA licenses, and leading tire companies and other professionals who supply F1 teams have hundreds of CATIA and ENOVIA installed seats."
Working quickly is essential to everything that surrounds Formula One racing, a sport in which split-second timing separates the best from the also-rans. Using CATIA, constructors and engine manufacturers realize significant time-savings and quality improvements throughout the entire development process: from part design and simulation, through manufacturing and final assembly. ENOVIA makes teams more competitive by helping them manage electronically all aspects of their product life cycle, including such data as geometry details, bills of materials, production plans, mass/inertia calculations, parts inventory, and car configurations that detail drivers, circuits, weather and race conditions. Together, CATIA and ENOVIA reduce the number of physical prototypes required, allow more design iterations to be explored and, ultimately, enable engineers to make the part right the first time. Such time-saving processes allow continuous performance improvement throughout the racing season, when teams introduce new or modified parts for races that take place every two weeks. During the seven-month-long racing season, as many as 70% of all car parts undergo some development change.<br/>
"No other motor sport is as technically demanding as Formula One. Thousands of complex parts and assemblies make up a Grand Prix car, all requiring precision workmanship to create a race-worthy vehicle. No other technologies meet the stringent needs of Formula One racing like CATIA and ENOVIA," explained Etienne Droit, Dassault Systemes executive vice president sales and marketing. "Dassault Systemes and IBM partnerships with Formula One racing teams are real opportunities for us to further develop and deliver innovative technologies."<br/>