Williams has confirmed that it has successfully installed a powerful new supercomputer in its wind tunnel simulation facilities thanks to the tie up with Lenovo.

The Lenovo supercomputer is apparently four times more powerful than the team's previous solution and will enable the team to speed up the process of aerodynamic simulation by approximately 75 per cent.

"Aerodynamics plays a critical role in determining how competitive we are for each of the race circuits we visit," said Alex Burns, Williams' chief operating officer. "The optimum balance of downforce and drag varies between different circuits, so the aerodynamics at Monaco - lots of tight corners with few straights - are very different from Monza, which has few corners but lots of long straights.

"The increase in supercomputing power from Lenovo will give us the capability to examine a greater range of design variations between races, which will increase our development rate, bringing more performance to the car sooner."

The supercomputer will be used for operations in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), performing billions of calculations that simulate airflow around a virtual model of a three-dimensional, on-track racing car.

"Aerodynamics has been steadily gaining importance in recent years, accounting for roughly three quarters of the performance of a Formula 1 car today," Burns added. "The tremendous increase in power delivered by the Lenovo supercomputer will allow us to perform the same tasks we do today in a quarter of the time."

The team will use the supercomputer to examine numerous aerodynamic variables, such as surface geometry, wheel turbulence and track surface.

"The high-performance computing solution developed for AT&T Williams is the latest example of Lenovo capabilities in world-class engineering and research," noted Deepak Advani, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Lenovo. "We're excited about providing a supercomputing solution that delivers the power and speed necessary for AT&T Williams to stay competitive in the most technologically advanced sport in the world."