San Clemente, Calif.-based Swift Engineering, Inc., has released a revised version of its "No. 50" chassis design for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar chassis competition, featuring elements from the designs originally revealed back in February. The new "No. 66" incorporates sidepod and wings from the company's "No. 23" design, along with a "mushroom buster" built into the rear wing, which is aimed at improving passing opportunities.
The publication of the 66 design coincides with the announcement that Swift is the first customer for supercomputer maker Cray's new CX1000 system. In addition to the Cray CX1000, Swift will also use a Cray CX1 system to further enhance its capabilities in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), an important tool in the design and development of aerodynamic concepts. Swift is aligning with companies such as Cray to further its bid to design and build the next generation racecar chassis for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
“The Cray CX1000 system is uniquely designed so that HPC users intent on solving scientific and engineering challenges can now apply the latest, most cutting-edge supercomputing technology – in fact, the first delivery of Cray CX1000s is going to Swift Engineering to further assist them in their bid to design the next generation racecar for the IZOD IndyCar Series, the fastest race series in the world. Swift demanded the unfair advantage of Cray's CX1000 capabilities to beat out other manufacturer competition,” said Ian Miller, senior vice president of the productivity solutions group and marketing at Cray.
“Cray's CX1000 and CX1 systems will play a pivotal role in Swift's continuing commitment to motorsport and will help Swift again reset new industry standards in innovative design and manufacturing,” said Jan Wesley Refsdal, president of Swift Engineering. “The decision to use Cray supercomputers was the result of a focused effort to find the right resources to meet our significant and demanding design challenges. In the competitive world of motorsports, second place is the first loser, and Cray's system solutions gives Swift an unfair advantage. Cray is synonymous with supercomputing and we are thrilled to be owners of Cray supercomputers.”