MSC.Software And Triple Eight Race Engineering Extend Partnership

Integrated Multi-Body Simulation Technology From MSC.Software Continues to Provide 5-Times BTCC Winners Triple Eight Race Engineering With On-Track Competitive Advantage

Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. (OTC: MNSC), the leading global provider of Virtual Product Development (VPD) solutions, including simulation software and services, has announced a further extension of the supply partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering who, together with VX Racing, are now five times consecutive winners of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

MSC.Software first partnered with Triple Eight Race Engineering at the start of the 2004 season in order to realize the team's objective to maintain their competitive advantage by significantly upgrading their simulation capability. With a broad portfolio of simulation solutions at their disposal, designers at Triple Eight began the complex task of designing, verifying, and optimizing the structural and control elements critical to the car's racing performance. Following championship winning seasons in 2004 and 2005, the current expansion of this partnership continues to strengthen the competitive development of the team, further extending the use of MSC.Nastran, MSC.Patran and MSC.ADAMS from MSC's portfolio of best-in-class technologies.

Under BTCC rules only certain modifications to the race car configurations are possible. Using a combination of flexible and rigid multi-body dynamics techniques, engineers at Triple Eight Race Engineering use MSC's industry leading solutions to optimize for strength and weight, targeting a stiffer, lighter structure but without compromise on reliability. System level dynamic simulations are used to enhance suspension design, both predicting and automatically coupling load data into the detailed FEA calculations. Such integration of FEA and multi-body dynamics technology has already allowed engineers at Triple Eight to design the torsional and bending behaviour of an innovative rear suspension system, the performance of which contributed significantly to the championship success of the 2005 car.

"It is very difficult in motorsport to find technical partners who are prepared and able to work at your speed and level," said John Morton, chief designer, Triple Eight Race Engineering. "With MSC.Software we have found a winning combination of technology and expertise, a partnership which enables our team to continue to compete at the very highest level."

Amir Mobayen, senior vice president, EMEA, MSC.Software stated, "With a history of successful partnerships in touring car, endurance racing, and Formula 1, MSC.Software has developed an inherent understanding of the special demands of motorsport applications. In addition to providing on-track competitive advantage for our racing partners, these collaborations are the proving ground for simulation technology and process improvements which are of direct benefit to MSC customers across a range of industries."

Work has already begun for the coming season, with additional focus on the mechanical dynamics of the suspension and other structural and handling systems of the 2006 car. The 2006 BTCC season commences at Brands Hatch on April 9, and Triple Eight Race Engineering and MSC.Software are looking forward to another year of highly competitive performance.

About Triple Eight Racing

Based near Silverstone, Britain's foremost motorsport centre, Triple Eight Race Engineering operates in England's Motorsport Valley where many of the major motorsport companies are located. Created in 1996 to run the Vauxhall Vectra Super Tourers, the company has achieved unprecedented success in the BTCC securing the Titles Triple Crown (driver, manufacturer and team championships) for four years in a row and securing the Manufacturer title for a fifth consecutive year in 2005. In 2003, Triple Eight expanded into the Australian V8 Supercar series forming Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia Pty. For its second season of racing in this ultra competitive championship, the team has already made its mark on the series by claiming the runner up spot in the driver championship on 2005. Finally, while the racing arm of Triple Eight is responsible for several other competition programs around the world, Triple Eight Performance Vehicle, the road going department of the company looks after customer cars enhancement programmes ranging from one off concept vehicle to limited edition built.

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (OTC: MNSC) is the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) solutions, including simulation software and services, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1400 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.

The MSC.Software Corporate Logo, SimOffice, SimDesigner, MSC, MSC.ADAMS, MSC.Dytran, MSC.EASY5, MSC.Marc, MSC.MasterKey, MSC.Nastran, MSC.Patran, MSC.SimManager and MSC.SOFY are trademarks or registered trademarks of MSC.Software Corporation in the USA and/or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

    MSC.Software Contacts:                 Triple Eight Racing Contact:

    Catherine Meek                         Franck Marie
    Manager corporate communications       Commercial & Marketing Director
    MSC.Software                           Triple Eight Race Engineering
    (714) 445-5647                         +44(0)1295 762 430
    
Email Contact         
Email Contact

    Joanne Keates
    Vice president, investor relations
    MSC.Software
    (714) 444-8551
    
Email Contact

CONTACT: Catherine Meek, Manager corporate communications,
+1-714-445-5647, Email Contact, or Joanne Keates, Vice
president, investor relations, +1-714-444-8551,
Email Contact, both of MSC.Software; or Franck Marie,
Commercial & Marketing Director of Triple Eight Race Engineering,
+44(0)1295 762 430, Email Contact

Web site: http://www.mscsoftware.com/


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