Triple Eight Race Engineering Ltd.
Graham Lawrence is a Race Engineer for Triple Eight Race Engineering Ltd. in Greatworth, Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Triple Eight Race Engineering designs, builds and races Vauxhalls on behalf of the UK arm of General Motors (GM). Lawrence and his team are responsible for designing cars that race in the British touring Car Championship (BTCC). In the past, very little simulation was performed. Instead, components were physically manufactured and run on race cars during costly test sessions to evaluate their reliability and optimize their design.
Challenge:2007 saw the start of a new era for the BTCC as the series adopted the S2000 regulations that are used in the World Touring Car Championship. The changes in regulations meant that Triple Eight’s Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch had to be replaced by a Vauxhall Vectra. Lawrence and his team were faced with the challenge of designing a new vehicle to meet unfamiliar regulations from the ground up. There was no time to field a competitive vehicle using traditional build-and-test methods.
Solution:Patran pre/post-processor and MD Nastran multidiscipline simulation software.
Benefits:Despite limited development time the new Vauxhall Vectra proved an almost instantaneous success, winning its second race and winning both the driver and manufacturer’s title in 2007. 2008 was even more successful for the new car as it won all three championship titles: driver, manufacturer and team.