CUPRA leverages PTC technology to build first 100% electric racecar
Spanish car brand CUPRA has harnessed the power of Farnborough’s PTC technology to build the first 100% electric race car.
CUPRA, an unconventional challenging brand with its DNA racing, has been working with the IoT specialist for over two decades and continues to invest heavily in adopting the full functionality of PTC’s Creo (CAD) and Windchill PLM solutions.
This approach translates into improved performance in 70 races last year and, most importantly, is providing a production plan to support the firm’s electrification strategy and the development of its Extreme E and FIA ETCR.
Cupra’s 100% electric e-Racer race car has a top speed of 272 km / h. Credit: Cupra
“We started using PTC solutions in 1998; then it was groundbreaking and it still is today “, explains Jaume Tarroja, Head of Complete Vehicle Design at CUPRA Racing.
“It changed the way we design. We increased our efficiency and the changes were easier to implement. It also drastically reduced parts development and delivery times and increased their quality.
“We used to design the components in 2D and then send them to be manufactured, with the consequent errors that could occur. We can now see the car in 3D with all the components assembled. In fact, we can see the whole car on the computer screen. “
He continued: “We can modify the car without changing its design and in a completely stable environment. This has been a big step forward for us.”
The CUPRA x Extreme-E, an electric vehicle designed to participate in the international all-terrain series of the Extreme-E series. Credit: Cupra
The CUPRA Racing Team, which also uses PTC’s PLM Windchill solution as the main information management system, has made the most of the Creo software, starting with the top-down design provided by a skeleton model to define the general structure of vehicles.
Engineers can now design and assemble components with the added benefit that if a skeleton model is redesigned or changed, these changes will be automatically implemented on all components.
Other advantages of PTC technology include simulating finite element parts (allowing the engineer to simulate stress on components in a real environment), streamlining the creation of metal components, and now being able to simulate pipe and wiring so they know everything works fine on the first try.
All these design improvements have helped CUPRA Racing achieve lighter parts, better results and economic savings, while achieving greater performance for its vehicles.
“The CUPRA Racing roadmap includes new features of PTC Creo that will increase its competitiveness. The new modules to be implemented include AI-controlled generative design, optimized design for additive manufacturing, and behavior modeling, “added Paul Haimes, PTC’s Vice President of Solutions Consulting.
“Our CAD capabilities provide the customer with unmatched stability and levels of accuracy when it comes to mechanical components.”
Jaume Tarroja from CUPRA continued: “In the world of racing, you have to improve on the car you made the year before. Constant improvement is needed with the dual goal of reducing manufacturing costs.
“We have always seen that PTC’s design tools have evolved along with the industry, which has increased our chances of improvement. For example, the marketing time of a new vehicle can be reduced by more than 20%. ‘
He concluded: “At the same time, access to the latest CAD and PLM solutions has helped to reduce the weight of the components and achieve a reduction in the cost of the parts of approximately 15%, thanks in part to the superior capabilities. of Creo sheet “.
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