"We are delighted to have been part of Team Bentley's historic win at Le Mans," said Jon Boyce, PTC director of automotive operations. "Without question, these were the most technologically advanced cars ever to have entered the race. In supporting the design process, we hope that Pro/ENGINEER has done justice to the pioneering spirit of Bentley's founder, W.O. Bentley."
Bentley Motors returned to Le Mans in 2001 for the first time since 1930. The victory was the result of a three-year plan by the company. With the help of Pro/ENGINEER, they were able to shorten the design process of the two winning Speed 8 cars, allowing for quicker "time to track". Bentley Motors commissioned racing technology norfolk (rtn) ltd, to design and manufacture the entire car.
Hiroshi Fushida, operations director at rtn ltd, said today: "To deliver a dramatic improvement in the down-force-to-drag ratio, we have had to design and make more complex and challenging shapes than ever before. Pro/ENGINEER has helped save time and has enabled us to work to far higher tolerances than a few years ago when we formed wooden patterns for the carbon fibre by hand. The accuracy we achieve using the PTC suite of MCAD tools is of paramount importance to the success of the car."
One of the UK's most respected motorsport engineering companies, rtn ltd has been a PTC Performance Partner since 1999. In July 2002, they started work on an entirely new car that would contest the 2003 race. Exterior body surfaces, chassis and powertrain were all developed in PTC's industry-leading Pro/ENGINEER solution. Team Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans cars were also the only fully enclosed prototypes to enter the 2003 race.
"With Team Bentley employing PTC's industry leading MCAD solutions, they have been able to achieve their ultimate dream of winning one of the greatest motor sport events in the world," Boyce said.
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