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CRL-Force India tie-up for car design solutions

December 16, 2009 21:00 IST

Force India on Wednesday inked a multi-million dollar three-year deal with Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) to design the team's next generation cars as well improve the aerodynamic efficiency of its current racing models.

This is the first time a Formula one team will leverage an Indian High Performance Computing (HPC) organisation for their design activities. The deal with CRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, means a fully automated Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution to Force India's designing purpose.

Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said CFD simulations are a critical part of Force India's car design process and the tie-up with CRL would significantly accelerate the team's computational simulations to yield better on-track results.

"The tie-up with CRL gives us an immediate 200 per cent increase in our CFD processing capability. The CRL facility allows us to run significantly more CFD cases, in the region of 200 per cent more cases per day, with twice the model size currently possible.

"In the future this will increase still further and also allow Force India to undertake significant development of the current CFD methods in us," Mallya said.

CRL chairman S Ramodarai welcomed the association, saying, "We are really proud to be associated with a brand such as Force India Formula One Team, which has showcased India as a team to watch in the global motor racing arena.

"This deal demonstrates the value that an organization can get by leveraging (India's fastest supercomputer) 'eka', and the complete HPC support ecosystem we have set up at CRL," he said.

The sheer computing power provided by CRL will enable Force India to reduce its design cycle times, thus providing the team's drivers with the best chance of a strong result.