Following on from the announcement of our long-term educational partnership with RACE Software, we caught up with the awesome people behind the technology and asked them to tell us more about the platform, their educational offering and the benefits to end users:
WHAT IS RACE SOFTWARE?
RACE (Rapid Axle Concept Evolution) is an end-to-end MBS (multibody simulation) software package for the development of suspension systems. It combines model build, model parameterization, post-process, data storage, and report generation into a single platform. It is cloud-based, requires no software installation and can be run from a web browser on any computer, phone or tablet.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
RACE requires user inputs to define the layout and tuning of the suspension system. Once the inputs are submitted by the user, the RACE pre-processor builds a full suspension multibody simulation (MBS). RACE then runs a virtual kinematics and compliance (K&C) test cycle on the suspension system. The K&C test applies vertical, roll, steering, cornering, traction and braking loads to the suspension system and the response of the system to each is recorded.
The raw simulation output is exported to a post-processor which generates a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to analyse the performance of the suspension system. These KPIs form the basis of the RACE Software suspension performance report which is generated and uploaded to the user’s account for review. The video below shows the complete process of running RACE on a double wishbone suspension system.
You can watch some videos of the software in action here:
WHY SHOULD I USE RACE SOFTWARE?
Compared to other tools, RACE Software is miles ahead. It is a lot easier to learn, a lot quicker to set up and a lot better suited to modern agile and iterative design and development approaches. And did we say it was way more reasonably priced? That’s right! RACE Software’s mission is to empower the world with tools to achieve the most out of our machines. And the RACE Software team would like to make the tool available to as many users as possible and not restrict it to large corporate customers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
WHO IS BEHIND RACE SOFTWARE?
RACE Software has at its core an expert and diverse team of people with global recognitions. Our mission is to empower the world with tools to achieve the most out of our machines. Below are our core principles:
RACE has a flexible, adaptable and driven team that is obsessive about bringing innovative solutions to every challenge our customers might encounter – in automotive, motorsports, e-sports, education and beyond. We set high goals to ourselves and work hard to achieve them, on time, to specification and on budget.
Sustainability has been at the heart of our business from the beginning, providing a scalable product and service for our customers. With this in mind we have been able to ensure companies and race teams can further develop their vehicles on time, innovatively, whilst reducing emissions in physical testing.
Our initiative to further reduce CO2 emissions within simulation has been achieved by reducing the time, manpower and computing power needed to conduct testing virtually.
Part of our growth objectives are to be carbon negative as a business, whilst providing back to communities which can already be seen through our education programmes.
I HAVE A UNIQUE REQUIREMENT FOR MY PROJECT. CAN RACE SOFTWARE PROVIDE BESPOKE SOLUTIONS?
Absolutely. In tandem with providing amazing user-friendly tools to a wide userbase across all automotive chassis and suspension areas, we also provide highly bespoke solutions using our vast multibody simulations experience.
RACE Software’s core IP is in how we architect and implement our model building, simulation systems, and post-processing technologies. And this can be applied across a wide array of applications, be it aerospace, motorsport, medical, or industrial products.
I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AUTOMOTIVE CHASSIS AND SUSPENSIONS BEFORE I START DESIGNING THEM. CAN YOU HELP?
Of course! We have a highly successful education portal linked with our own learning programme that guides users through the basics of suspensions including a quiz, passing which results in a certificate from the RACE Software learning system. You can find out more here: Courses – RACE Software
I REPRESENT AN ACADEMIC INSTITUTION. DO YOU HAVE A PROGRAMME THAT CAN ENABLE US WITH RACE SOFTWARE?
Certainly! We would like students and young engineers and young entrepreneurs to use our software to unlock untold potential that exists in the digital and physical realm. So we offer very attractive discounts to academic/educational institutions that would like to onboard students in bulk.
Check out Programmes – RACE Software for more examples and get in touch!
I’M SOLD. CAN I START USING RACE SOFTWARE RIGHT NOW?
Sort of ?. We have opened early access to a select few beta testers to understand how the software is used and gather feedback. To take part in this, please head here to know more about our waiting list: Waiting List – RACE Software
We will be opening to the public very soon.
For more information on the RACE Software / Formula Careers partnership, visit: www.formulacareers.com/education.
*Formula Careers has a long-term paid partnership with RACE Software, which means if you decide to purchase something through RACE Software, we may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you!