NEEDHAM, MA. — PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company‚Â®, announced it is celebrating a 15-year technology partnership with Italian company Dallara Automobili, which for decades has specialized in racing car and super-car design and manufacturing. A customer since 1993, Dallara has standardized on the PTC Product Develop System (PDS) to design its race cars.
Dallara designs cars for the Formula Three and the American Indy Racing League. In addition, Dallara products also include two-seater sports cars that run at the Le Mans 24 hrs in France and, since 2005, the GP2 series cars. One of the latest Dallara achievements is the Grand Am, a covered-wheel car prototype for the United States market.
Forty Dallara engineers use PTC Pro/ENGINEER‚Â® to design aerodynamic vehicles that can achieve maximum speed while also adhering to safety requirements. The cutting-edge design method demonstrates the continued strength of PTC technology in the automotive industry, where Pro/ENGINEER provides a functionally complete, integrated 3D CAD/CAM solution. For Dallara, the integration of design is expanding into the product development information management area. For example, PTC’s Pro/INTRALINK data management software enables Dallara to make available its design information to other corporate areas beyond the traditional boundaries of the engineering department.
The cornerstone of any new Dallara car is an idea and an outsourced power-train. The idea is built around this mechanical unit, with each functional detail and body part being developed afterwards.
The design-structural analysis method, implemented at Dallara for the development of racing cars, is also applied to its ‚â€˜super-cars’. As proof of the efficiency of Pro/ENGINEER in the production of such cars, Pignacca notes the recent KTM X-Bow project, which, starting from an Audi engine, turned into a car ready for the 2007 Geneva Car Show in just 10 months’ time, from April 2006 to February 2007.
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