For the Red Bull Racing team, every car is an evolving prototype. The car is instrumented with over 100 sensors that track everything from oil pressure to brake temperature to suspension travel. These sensors generate live telemetry feeds that inform hundreds of decisions every minute of the race. Citrix technologies help the Red Bull Racing team keep up with this incredible amount of data and keep everyone on the same page.
With Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop, the car’s telemetry feeds can be viewed in near real time by specialist teams in the AT&T Operations Room in the U.K. This allows more engineers to monitor the health of the car in real time. Engineers can optimize configurations, race tactics and ensure the car is reliable, significantly improving real time decision-making on the racetrack.
Citrix technologies also enable the team to involve more specialists across the business—a huge gain. R&D, stress and composites engineers can give more in-depth feedback on performance of a specific part and inform the future design process. Engineers can even log in to see the data from offsite and keep up with the action without being in the Ops Room.
Citrix technology also makes it possible for engineering data to be viewed and manipulated at remote locations. With XenServer and XenDesktop, the Red Bull Racing team can host 3D and CAD data at team HQ in Milton Keynes, freeing up engineers at the track to work on VDIs without being slowed down by these graphically intensive programs. No matter where in the world they are, team personnel can work quickly and seamlessly, as if they were in the U.K.
Engineers at the track frequently work on car setup with new components delivered directly to them—some of which are fresh from the production facility, with a new design they haven’t seen in physical form before. With remote access to 3D CAD drawings, engineers can optimize the build and make key decisions quicker. They can also troubleshoot problems and recommend design changes for the next race. With so many graphics taking place virtually, laptops and IT hardware are no longer a single point of failure to run race strategy. This gives the team better protection from loss of data or equipment.
With Citrix NetScaler, the team can further safeguard its database and servers. Red Bull Racing uses NetScaler to connect external third parties without sacrificing security, reliability or performance. By connecting their supply chain to their systems directly, the team has reduced rework rates and accelerated the time it takes to deal with part non-conformance. The database now acts as the single point of truth, where everybody—internal employees and third parties—interact with one single database.
In a quest to optimize race strategy and performance, Red Bull Racing makes up to 30,000 design updates to the car each season. This never-ending process requires seamless collaboration with teams and specialists all over the world. By pushing technical boundaries off the track, Red Bull Racing can push boundaries on the track.
Formula 1 is all about continuous improvement; we are constantly striving to improve the performance and reliability of our cars throughout the season. We work with Citrix because we share a like-minded vision towards innovation and strive to be the best we can in our own industries by continually pushing boundaries.
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