Virgin Racing has announced that it has doubled the computing power of its all-digital racing car development facility after 'strengthening' its existing relationship with 'technology partner' CSC for 2011 and beyond.

"The impressive new computer suite, which will be housed at the Banbury base of Marussia Virgin Racing's technical partner, Wirth Research, means that the team can make more changes, more quickly, at less cost than any other team, to improve and optimise on-track performance," said the outfit in a statement to the press.

"The size and power of the new computer means the smallest design improvements can be validated in a few hours, adjusted as needed, and re-tested. This is significantly faster, more cost effective and less wasteful than prototype production and wind tunnel testing."

Virgin also added that this should allow it to use the maximum amount of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) capacity allowed under the F1 Resource Restriction Agreement, likely to be more than any other F1 team in 2011.

"We are delighted that the partnership we enjoyed with CSC in our debut season has developed into an even stronger relationship and one which will have a more direct influence on the performance of our race car design and development," added Graeme Lowdon, CEO of Marussia Virgin Racing.

"12 months ago we launched the first F1 car to be designed entirely using CFD to demonstrate that, over time, a new team operating with a smaller and more sustainable budget can enter the sport and be competitive. These are exciting times at Marussia Virgin Racing and with CSC's support and an enhanced technical capability, we can embark on our second season with renewed ambition and pursue our longer-term performance objectives with confidence."

As part of the new deal, the CSC logo will now appear on Virgin's F1 2011 car, which will be launched next month.

The logo will also appear on the clothing of team personnel, on the team's trucks and in the team's garages.



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