The world of Formula One Racing is lightning fast; sometimes mere milliseconds separate first place from an off-podium finish. To the casual spectator, the car’s build, driver, and mechanics team seem to make all the difference, but the performance equation is a whole lot more complicated — there’s more to it than meets the eye. Today’s Formula One arena is nothing short of a technology arms race.
Red Bull Racing knows a thing or two about what it takes to achieve a victory. Each race weekend, hundreds of sensors on the Red Bull Team’s cars collect nearly a terabyte — that’s the equivalent of 1024 gigabytes — worth of data. Every single race. Engineers at the track and back at the factory combine this data feed with insights to steer the team’s real-time race strategy and long-term performance enhancements. Up to 30,000 engineering updates are made to the car each season! And all of this data is run on Citrix technology.
Like any digital business, the Red Bull Team makes daily tweaks to gain a competitive advantage. The Citrix partnership with Red Bull Racing, now in its 10th year, has accelerated our technological capabilities in a joint quest for constant improvement and long-term innovation.
This weekend, October 20-22, marks the 2017 Formula One United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX, and we couldn’t be more proud to cheer on the team and look back on an exciting season.
The 2017 season was full of big changes. We saw significant updates to the car designs themselves and stricter regulations around the amount of testing teams can perform — the need for live analytics has never been greater! Red Bull engineers can collaborate with each other across the globe in real time using Citrix XenDesktop and XenServer to access and analyze data from the cars’ sensors. Since there’s a limit on the number of team members allowed at the track, the ability to work anywhere is crucial. Never mind that Formula One is a truly international sport with races all over the world.
XenDesktop and XenServer enable the Red Bull Racing team to virtualize high-quality 3D and CAD applications and data from the team’s HQ in Milton Keynes. Virtualization eliminates the delays that often come hand-in-hand with these graphically intensive programs while also protecting the team from potential cyber-attacks and hardware losses. You could say Citrix is the fuel powering Red Bull’s mobile workforce.
When a win comes down to the speed of and reaction to real-time data, every decision counts. Testing with Red Bull Racing allows us to continually push the boundaries of what’s possible with Citrix Technology, so we can guide the future of Formula One and completely transform industries moving slower than 350 km/h.
Check out the clip below to get a taste of the technology driving us to the finish line:
To learn more about how Citrix is helping Red Bull Racing reimagine how they work at the track, the garage, the factory, and everywhere in between, visit www.thenewmobileworkforce.com.