In Formula One, racing cars drive at over 220 miles per hour and generate more than a billion data points during each weekend race. Every millisecond counts. It’s a technologically demanding sport where constant innovation is essential.
With races only a week or two apart, Renault DP World F1 Team must design and manufacture innovations for their cars on a race-by-race basis to push performance on and off the track—often turning them around in just 24 hours due to the insights collected from data.
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Technology enabling Renault DP World F1 Team
Collaboration on and off the track
Every time Renault DP World F1 Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon get behind the wheel, more than 200 sensors collect over 50 billion data points that help the technical staff improve aerodynamics, performance, and handling.
Data is critical.
It helps the drivers and engineers decide how to optimize the car setup for each race and make important split-second decisions during the race. But one of the most vital sources of data isn’t a sensor or computer. It’s the human behind the wheel, whose point of view provides valuable information on how the car is performing and behaving; something that a sensor can’t communicate to the engineers.
I speak a lot with my engineers about what I feel in the car and which direction I think we should go. You’ve got to spend time with them, so they understand your language and lingo.Daniel Ricciardo, Renault DP World F1 Team
It also takes a dedicated team to produce a competitive Formula One car, from Enstone and Viry-Châtillon Technical Centres to the track. With the help of Microsoft Teams, the thousand-strong team is constantly able to explore how to push the limits of engineering, making cars faster and more reliable than ever.
Further pushing the boundaries of collaboration and innovation, engineers and designers are using HoloLens through Teams for immediate fixes, that normally would have taken days to resolve. These new digital tools enable the teams at Renault’s two sites, along with the constantly moving race team, to coordinate and communicate in real-time and deliver fast results.
Each piece of information is imperative to understand the dynamics of the car and transform these forces into performance. With each race, they’re learning and trying new things with the most current car. The team and each department must be able to trust the data they receive, analyze it, and visually interpret it in the most efficient way. If the team didn’t have this input, the engineers would be developing a car without any insight into how the driver is experiencing changes. But once they have this data from the track, it’s then a process of rigorous teamwork and collaboration.
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“We’re very reactive. We need something that works quickly so we can get our job done as reliably as possible.”
- Christian Clogger, Renault DP World F1 Team
Have you heard of the clean room?
Clean rooms are incredible! They are specially constructed, environmentally controlled enclosed spaces where the concentration of airborne particles is kept within specified limits and are typically used in the manufacturing of electronic hardware. At Renault DP World F1 Team, clean rooms are used for the lamination of composites and the assembly of hydraulics components.