The Lucky Strike BAR Honda team has signed a new three-year technical partnership agreement with software company UGS PLM Solutions, extending the existing five-year relationship which has proved an integral part of BAR's design capabilities.

UGS PLM provides the Brackley-based team with the latest CAD-CAM software for use by the team's 80 designers. A substantial maintenance and development contract ensures that both parties extract maximum benefit from the relationship.

"UGS PLM Solutions is delighted to sponsor such a dynamic and innovative company such as BAR," commented European general manager Jim Duncan, "In Formula One, there is no margin for error and, considering the sophistication of our product solution, we feel that this partnership is a perfect fit."

The software allows the team to make changes to the car and communicate between departments both quickly and cost effectively. A modern Formula One car is modelled almost entirely using high-technology software solutions and, throughout the year, the design evolves constantly in order to maximise on-track performance.

"BAR is delighted to continue its technical partnership with UGS PLM," technical director Geoff Willis confirmed, "The CAD-CAM system is an integral part of the design and manufacturing process and it is vital that we maximise efficiency in this part of our operation. We therefore require the most up-to-date solutions and support. UGS PLM constantly develops and refines its products for our specific needs and, as a result, we have an extremely valuable relationship."



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