Toda racing team gains speed with PLM Solutions from IBM and Dassault
Toda uses CATIA V5 to shorten development cycle of high-speed race cars
Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France. 20 November, 2001 - Toda Racing Co. Ltd., a leading team in All Japan Formula 3 racing, along with IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), announced today that it has selected CATIA V5 to develop, design, and manufacture high performance and reliable auto racing parts. CATIA V5 is contributing to shortening the development cycle within Toda Racing.
Toda Racing Co. Ltd, one of the foremost component
manufacturers in high-speed racing, is involved in all aspects of race car
design, from research and development to design, manufacture and sale of
specialized auto racing parts and engines and also competes with its own
team in the All Japan Formula 3 race circuit.
The company's primary focus is critical areas that directly affect
racing performance, such as racing pistons, camshafts, clutches and shock
absorbers, as well as the complete high-power racing engines.
Toda Racing has been participating in the race while developing
racing components for 30 years since its foundation in 1972.
During the maintenance of an F2 BMW racing engine in 1982, President
Toda was drawn to the high precision and design quality of this engine,
designed and built using CATIA, and he realized that there was strong
needs for them to build powerful and reliable engines using computers,
from design to processing. Toda Racing selected the world's leading Product Lifecycle Management
(PLM) solution "CATIA," used by major car manufacturers, after
performing its own extensive evaluation.
Toda Racing is now fully exploiting CATIA V5 for component design,
structural analysis, stress analysis, and processing.
The technology of practical experience and know-how have always been put to good use in the development of racing parts. Yukio Toda, President of Toda Racing commented, "One of our objectives in deploying CATIA was to capture the technology and knowledge we had developed, and manage it as corporate standard data. CATIA standardized the manual work-based skills to computer-based and gave us technological innovation for saving time and improving the quality of our products."
Using CATIA V5 kinematics
option, Toda Racing defines the mechanism for the peripheral parts of the
camshaft, dynamically analyzes it through kinematics simulation and then
calculates the optimum profile for such aspects as valve operating angles.
This product data is then sent to the machine tool and processed.
Toda Racing also performs analysis of the engines components with the
CATIA V5 GPS module. CATIA V5
GPS, which offers ease of use and advanced analysis functions, enables Toda
Racing engineers to reduce the weight of individual parts and improve their
Another vital element of Toda Racing's decision to purchase
CATIA V5 was the Windows® interface and compatibility. "Understanding
the Windows® operation, our engineers were rapidly operational on
the CATIA applications, after a very brief training period of just one
week. When engineers have
their hands full with engine development design, I do the modeling even
by myself. Even though
I do not use it every day, I feel I can operate it easily. The CATIA
V5 concept suits me to a "T"." said Toda.
"We are extremely honored that Toda Racing selected
CATIA, seeing the complexity and variety of the cases where CATIA V5
is being used to solve problems. The
top level of hands-on expertise and operational constraints at Toda
Racing makes it a challenging environment. We
are equally proud to have contributed to a successful and smooth transition
to full 3D digitization from end-to-end, with all the resulting benefits this
entails for Toda Racing." said Christian Nardin, Representative
Director & General Manager of Dassault Systemes K.K.
Van Engelshoven, Director, IBM Product Lifecycle Management Asia Pacific,
split second is a major competitive difference in automobile racing.
It is a high performance environment where man and machine are being
tested to extreme limits and where accuracy, speed and endurance are
of vital importance. Toda Racing Co. Ltd. is an undebated leader in
this industry, due to it's long-standing expertise in developing high
performance engines and parts. We are very proud to have been selected
by Toda Racing Co. Ltd as their technology partner, underscoring the
fact that when it comes to introducing new innovations, the IBM PLM
portfolio of technologies provide utmost relevance, specifically when
it comes to the need of making these changes quickly and accurately.
Our partnership will provide a solid basis in supporting Toda Racing
Co. Ltd to achieve new performance records !"
Racing Co., Ltd
Toda Racing Co. Ltd, established in 1972, is one
of the world's premier racing car constructors providing racing pistons,
camshafts, clutches and shock absorbers, as well as the complete high power
racing engines. President Toda,
is a former racer himself, not only develops racing engines but also has his
racing team and his team has achieved a brilliant performance in the last
All Japan F3 season. Http://www.toda-racing.co.jp/
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