The deployment at SEAT Sport's R&D site near Barcelona (Spain) is comprised of Pro/ENGINEER(R), including Advanced Structural and Thermal Simulation(TM), Fatigue Advisor(TM) and the Expert Framework Extension(TM). With the new contract, the company expands the use of PTC solutions to Windchill ProjectLink(TM) and Windchill PDMLink(R), to allow SEAT Sport to take advantage of PTC's content and process management capabilities.
"Our prime challenge is the optimization of our cars between one race and another. The PTC Product Development System helps us to reduce our change cycles dramatically," said Jaime Puig, general director of SEAT Sport. "The implementation of Windchill(R) enabled us to easily access and share all the information collected over the course of the entire development process - in design, production, testing, and even during the actual race, to make the necessary changes faster and more consistently."
SEAT started its activity in racing competition more than 30 years ago and has won many trophies and titles. This includes three consecutive titles at the World Rally Championships (WRC) in the 2-litre category, achieved with the Ibiza Kit Car. Since 2005, SEAT Sport has participated in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) which succeeded the ETCC and consists of ten races in ten countries and three continents. The motor sport division won its first WTCC trophy in 2005, ranking third in the manufacturer's general classification.
"The deployment of the PTC solutions has contributed to our success story," said race engineer chief, Xavi Serra. "Since August 2005 we have been competing with the new Leon WTCC. Thanks to PTC's Product Development System we were able to take this car to the circuit a lot faster than we had planned for. It took us only five months to adapt the commercial car to the WTCC requirements."
"Developing a racing car is like a quick-motion picture of the development process in the automotive industry. SEAT Sport's ongoing commitment to PTC demonstrates that our Product Development System is capable of speeding up the increasingly complex and innovation-driven development processes for the entire automobile," said Dhiren Verma, director, automotive product and market strategy, PTC.
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About SEAT Sport
Seat Sport was founded in 1970, the same year the Formula Nacional begun (today known as Formula 1430) and includes both 1430 and SEAT 600 gearbox engines. The first race on the Circuito del Jarama was very successful with 27 cars on the starting grid. One year later, a special department was created for competition vehicles which became the base for the future SEAT Racing Team and the current SEAT Sport department. After 10 years of competing (with a 5-year break in the 80s) SEAT Sport was reinstated in 1985 with the foundation of the "Copa VW Polo de Circuitos" and the "SEAT Ibiza de Rallies" Championship. During the last two decades, SEAT sport has continued its national and international participation in the SuperCup Seat Leon (taking place in GB, Germany, Turkey and Spain) and in the World Touring Car Championship in which it is getting important victories with 6 official drivers of 6 different nationalities who hope to win the driver's and constructor's championship titles for 2006. - For more information, refer to our web-page,. www.seat-sport.com
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