In a sport in which 0.001 seconds can be the difference between winning and losing, the Sauber F1 Team is gaining a competitive edge against some of the biggest names in motorsports.
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Sauber F1 Team
Formula 1 racing team innovates at 200 mph.
Formula One race cars are built for one thing: speed. The sport combines extreme sports and the highest levels of technology to produce some of the fastest, most advanced race cars in motorsports.
Competition is fierce. Only the top 10 in each race score points toward the world championship title. A position change in the world championship can imply a multi-million rise or drop in prize money. Sometimes more than 12 out of 24 cars are within one second of each other during qualifying rounds. A mere millisecond—0.001 seconds—can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Each time it’s on the track, the Sauber F1 Team collects and analyzes large amounts of data, searching for any opportunity to innovate and improve car design and racing strategies. The team relies on its NetApp® storage foundation and other state-of-the-art technologies to make improvements to the car on the track, between races, and throughout the off-season.
At the racetrack, a FlexPod® system, featuring industry-leading technology from NetApp and Cisco, allows the Sauber F1 Team to analyze data from the car’s 100 sensors. As the car races at speeds up to 220 mph, engineers at the track analyze the data in real time, coaching the driver to help him get the most performance out of his car. Depending on the course and the conditions, that might mean braking later or accelerating earlier out of a corner.
About this Customer
The Sauber F1 Team competes in Formula One racing, a March-to-November seasonal circuit of 20 three-day practice/qualifying/race events at race tracks in 19 countries around the world. Sauber Motorsport AG, headquartered in Hinwil, Switzerland, employs some 300 designers, engineers, and support staff. Another 100 full-time employees of suppliers and service providers in the region depend for their livelihood on the company founded in 1970 by Peter Sauber. In 2012, the Sauber F1 Team marked its 20th season in the Fédération Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) Formula One World Championship.