Company also will provide design work on transmission test rig
In an October 1 interview published in Autocar Professional magazine, Alex Burns, Chief Operating Officer - Williams F1, talked about the engagement.
"INCAT is engaged on two projects. The first is production engineering of some elements of the 2007 race car. We redesign a complete car every year where about 98 percent of the components are new. We are in the design phase of that car now and INCAT employees in Pune, India, will production-engineer some of the parts we are designing," Burns said.
The second project is design work for a new transmission test rig, according to Burns. "A Formula 1 car will do 4g lateral acceleration in cornering and up to 5g acceleration in braking. This can cause problems with the ongoing lubrication of the gear box. We test this on an articulated rig which is a sophisticated piece of engineering," he said.
The choice of INCAT was a result of two key factors, according to Burns -- expertise and cost. INCAT has the skills needed to execute on the Williams F1 projects and, through its unique Global Delivery Model, is able to execute more cost-effectively than other resources available to Williams F1, he indicated.
"Our engagement with Williams F1 demonstrates the value of our global engineering and design capabilities," said INCAT President Warren Harris, "and it demonstrates the industry-leading expertise that INCAT professionals worldwide bring to clients in every sector in which we are engaged -- automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturing and consumer products. We help clients realize superior products, whatever their industry."
Burns talked about the synergies found working with INCAT. "We share a similar culture, attitude and approach with INCAT. Like us, they are very competitive. They have good, strong customer focus and an attitude about excellence which is quite rare. With us working at the extreme end of engineering, we like to think we work at a very high standard of excellence," he said. "We see the same attributes in INCAT and the people we meet. They want to do absolutely the best job."
To read the full Autocar Professional magazine interview with Alex Burns, COO - Williams F1, go to http://www.incat.com and click on the Williams F1 icon on the home page.
INCAT is a Tata Technologies company. Founded in 1989, the Company is a leading independent international provider of engineering and design (E&D) services to the world's largest automotive, aerospace and durable goods manufacturers. INCAT is focused on services and solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), creating value for its clients through its unique-in-the-industry Global Delivery Model, its state-of-the-art technology and a pragmatic approach to engineering and manufacturing processes that reduces costs and time to market; and helps clients realize superior products.
INCAT is headquartered in the United States (Novi, Mich.) and Germany (Stuttgart). Tata Technologies is headquartered in Pune, India. INCAT has a combined global work force of more than 3,000 employees serving clients worldwide from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. http://www.incat.com
About Williams F1
Williams F1, formerly known as Williams Grand Prix Engineering, is a Formula 1 (F1) motor racing team that has won nine Constructor's titles, the first in 1980 and the latest in 1997. The team was formed and run by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head. The team's first race was at the 1978 Argentine Grand Prix. Switzerland's Clay Regazzonni won Williams' first race at the 1979 British Grand Prix. In the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve won the team's 100th race, making Williams one of the "Big Three" teams in Formula One, alongside Ferrari and fellow British team McLaren. All of Williams F1 chassis are called "FW" then a number, the FW being the initials of team owner, Frank Williams. http://www.williamsf1.com