Two of the world's leading car brands, McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover, have picked Dassault Systèmes (DS) computer aided design systems to take forward their next generation car design and manufacturing systems.
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McLaren Racing will use DS's open V6 PLM (product life cycle management) software for integrated design development, analysis and management. These include Enovia to provide a single IP reference for managing engineering, intellectual property and business processes, and Catia for design and concurrent engineering to enhance McLaren's development efficiency.
Jonathan Neale, McLaren Racing managing director, said the process of getting a racing car from a 3D digital model to the racetrack looked deceptively simple. "It's a process that involves an extraordinarily complex and disparate series of interlocking design, purchasing and manufacturing constituents," he said.
"At McLaren Racing, we are looking at every opportunity to cut our time to market, whether that's through clever design, the introduction of improved processes or, in the case of V6 PLM, by introducing a sophisticated product lifecycle management system to improve efficiency throughout the production cycle," he said.
Jaguar Land Rover will use the full range of DS's V6 software, including Enovia, Catia, Delmia, Simulia, and 3Dvia PLM 2.0. The two firms will also work together to develop joint product creation systems.
Jaguar Land Rover chose DS after an 18 month evaluation that included a full analysis of the PMTI (process, method, tools, information) environment at the car manufacturer.
DS CEO Bernard Charlès said the Jaguar Land Rover deal would speed up the development of intelligent vehicles. "Integrating electronics and onboard software has become a critical element of differentiation for a great vehicle experience," he said.
Jaguar Land Rover's exports are worth almost £6bn a year to the UK. Some 78% of Land Rovers go to more than 160 countries, and 70% of Jaguars go to more than 60 countries. The firm employs more than 18,000 people directly and supports another 130,000 jobs in the wider economy.