Thursday, July 16, 2009
Aston Martin Racing has claimed honours at Le Mans in the GT1 class for the last two years, and having moved into the LMP1 category this year (which is regarded by most as the pinnacle of sports car racing) achieved a staggering fourth position overall against the might of the diesel-powered Audi and Peugeot entries.
"Unlike some new Official Partnerships, we were already working with PTC solutions as our system of choice. We are now obviously delighted we now have a formal relationship with PTC. In motorsport we have to work to a very short timescale when developing a new car and we often don’t have time to build in any contingency," said Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. "It is therefore vital that our design team can rely 100 percent on the CAD and PLM software they are using. PTC understood precisely what we needed and will be able to carry out ongoing training for our design engineers as we upgrade all our systems."
Sadie Wigglesworth, Commercial Manager for Aston Martin Racing also commented: "During the past few months whilst working together on this partnership, I have been drawn to the similarities between PTC’s culture and ethos and our own ways of working here at Aston Martin Racing. I look forward to working with PTC over the coming years".
"Aston Martin Racing is another great example of the way leading motorsport companies around the world are selecting PTC solutions to manage product development processes," comments Paul Haimes, VP for Technical Sales in Europe, PTC. "We look forward to supporting Aston Martin Racing and are proud to be associated with the Aston Martin brand.
2009 also marks the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin’s first and only outright victory at Le Mans, in the legendary DBR1, so this year has particular significance for the UK-based team.