Triple Eight wins Digital Prototyping race

Autodesk has named Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia their Inventor of the Month for January 2008.

The Inventor of the Month program recognises the most innovative design and engineering advancements made by the community using Autodesk Inventor software, which provides the foundation for Digital Prototyping.

Triple Eight Australia competes as Team Vodafone in Australia’s highly competitive V8 Supercars race competition. Since winning the V8 Supercars championship is largely a matter of having the best car on the track, Triple Eight Australia designers use Autodesk Inventor software to experience and optimise the performance of the car before it reaches the track.

“We are often looking to improve the car’s performance by hundredths of a second in a lap that lasts just one minute and 30 seconds,” said Peter Jamieson, commercial manager for Triple Eight Australia. “When every single one-hundredth of a second counts, every part of the process can make a difference. The time that we spend on Autodesk Inventor at the workstation developing an efficient design is directly responsible for the ultimate performance of the car.”

Inventor Professional allows Triple Eight Australia to produce complete digital prototypes of its racecars that validate the form, fit, and function of a design before it is built. These accurate 3D models enable the company to simulate how a design will work under real world conditions without having to expend time and resources on building a physical prototype. As a result, Triple Eight Australia is able to optimise the design and performance of every single car part, from the pedals to the pistons.

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the more than 700,000 users of

Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for

engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation.