The world of Formula One Racing is dynamic and ever-changing. Work happens at lightning fast speeds; 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 lot more complicated —behind the scenes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Today’s Formula One arena is nothing short of a technology arms race.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing knows a thing or two about what it takes to achieve success. Each race weekend, hundreds of sensors on the Team’s cars collect up to 400 GB-worth of data. Every single race. Engineers at the track and back at the factory headquarters in the UK access this data in real time to provide insights to advise the team’s real-time race strategy and long-term performance enhancements. Up to 30,000 design changes are made to the car each season! And Citrix technology provides mission-critical capabilities to make this happen.
Like any digital enterprise, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing make daily tweaks to their business to gain a competitive advantage. The Citrix relationship with the Team, now in its 10th year, has accelerated our own technological capabilities in a joint quest for constant improvement and long-term innovation.
We are now well into the 2018 race season and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing look poised to secure third place in Team Constructors’ championship by the year end. There is still quite a lot of excitement to go with more than a handful of races left on the race calendar — we couldn’t be prouder to cheer on the Team as they continue to improve and innovate at each race.
The 2017 season was full of regulations change and although this year didn’t have as many large overhauls in terms of regulation changes, we still saw significant updates to the car designs themselves, especially with the new ‘halo’ safety component to better protect the drivers. With limited testing and ever moving change, the need for live analytics has never been greater!
Aston Martin Red Bull engineers collaborate with each other across the globe in real time using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) and Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) to access, monitor, and analyze data from the cars’ sensors. Since there’s a limited number of team members allowed at the track, the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and access large files at short notice is crucial. Never mind that Formula One is a truly global sport with 21 races a year held over 9-month season which take place in 5 continents.
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops running on Citrix Hypervisor enable Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 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 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s mobile workforce.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing have also made good use of Citrix ADC. The Team run their most critical workloads on this platform while providing an excellent user experience. Citrix ADC enables Team members access to systems, applications, and data securely while traveling outside the factory. And Citrix ADC directly connects external third parties in a high-quality and secure manner regardless of the quality of the network they use to engage with the Team, without sacrificing reliability or performance.
When a win comes down to the speed of and reaction to real-time data, every decision can make a significant difference. Working alongside Aston Martin 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 also work to completely transform industries moving slower than 350 km/hr.