Ducati and Lenovo continue their partnership to lead innovation in MotoGP
HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After ending 2021 with winning the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title for the second consecutive year, the Ducati Lenovo Team is ready for a new season, in which technology will play an increasingly crucial role. Since 2018, Lenovo’s technology partnership with Ducati has helped the team innovate and improve performance on the trail. Innovation, speed and security are at the heart of this evolution. With a wide range of smarter solutions, Lenovo’s data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and smart collaboration continue to drive improvements and help the team accelerate simulations and analysis real-time data, constantly transferring technology between the racing world and the street of Ducati. bicycles.
The first goal for the 2022 season is to complete the Remote Garage project, which allows engineers to receive real-time data and interact with the garage and bikes while working remotely. In addition, Ducati and Lenovo are committed to improving video conferencing both at headquarters and in the garage. The goal is to better connect virtual teams for successful collaboration, even miles apart.
“2021 has been an important year for the Ducati Lenovo team. We have strengthened our technology partnership, paving the way for bolder innovation in the new world of hybrid work. We are proud to collaborate with Ducati, who share our core values of speed, dedication, team spirit and focus on results. In line with our mission to enable intelligent transformation, we will continue to invest and innovate with Ducati to achieve increasingly ambitious goals in the fast-evolving motorsport industry,” commented Luca Rossi, president of the smart devices group at Lenovo.
“To be competitive and achieve the best results, on and off the track, it is essential to have a clear idea of the central role of digital innovation and to rely on the best partners. Through collaboration with Lenovo, we have achieved important goals, such as accelerating data collection and analysis, thereby accelerating the decision-making process. This is how we have brought to circuits around the world the bike that won the MotoGP World Constructors’ title last season for the second year in a row,” said Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati. “Through a passion for technology innovation that we share with Lenovo, we will continue to move in this direction, exploring technology solutions that will drive even better results on the track, in mass production and in business infrastructure.”
Computing power anytime, anywhere
Lenovo has supported Ducati engineers and designers in racing and street bike innovation since 2018, helping the company achieve maximum performance and improved levels of safety.
Thanks to High Performance Computing technology, based on Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers, Ducati was able to simplify and speed up the analysis of data concerning aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and stress tests. Improved computing power has allowed the company to obtain data and insights in one-third the computing time and run nearly twice as many simulations at the same time, making it easier for engineers to understand how the bikes will react to various weather and continuous conditions. improve on-track performance. Additionally, Lenovo’s infrastructure ensures high standards of data protection and has enabled Ducati to minimize the risk of dangerous and costly downtime.
Ducati has adopted the ThinkSystem SE350 Edge Server to improve connectivity and advanced real-time analytics, even in the harshest environments. Lenovo’s server packs heavy computing power into an extremely small, versatile, and easily portable device, bringing compute capabilities and artificial intelligence capabilities wherever you need them. Designed and built with the unique demands of the Edge in mind, the ThinkSystem SE350 can operate efficiently in any location, even in extreme environments: from the Malaysian humidity, which can reach 90%, to the Qatar’s dry heat and sand. The ThinkSystem SE350 enables engineers to manage in real time, wherever they are, approximately 15 GB of data for each bike and produce personalized information for each rider that can be used to make fast and informed decisions. Finally, the security tools integrated into the device allow automatic encryption of data in the event of tampering, thus helping to protect Ducati’s intellectual property and prevent data leaks.
Collaboration, productivity and mobility at the heart
Ducati has rolled out a new virtual desktop infrastructure, built in partnership with Lenovo. More than 250 virtual 2D and 3D workstations are used throughout the organization, from the R&D department to the garage. Ducati benefits from increased productivity since users can connect to their workstation whenever they want, wherever they are and from any device. Virtual desktops also help simplify IT management and maintenance, improve data protection and business continuity, as well as optimize resources and allow professionals to focus on higher value tasks. . Additionally, with the ability to work on the go, Ducati designers can collaborate remotely in real time with the development team and test rider during the testing phases, making changes to the bike’s design. or a single component based on feedback received. , reducing production times.
All members of the Ducati team – managers, engineers and riders – rely on Lenovo Tablets, PCs and Workstations to reach the highest levels of collaboration, power and speed. Technicians use the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Mobile Workstation to analyze data from bike sensors in minutes and study lap statistics, compare them, and optimize bike setup.
Senior management, meanwhile, rely on the innovative ThinkPad X1 Fold PC for maximum productivity and mobility, while designers can rely on the power of Lenovo workstations, including the ThinkPad P series, for design and development using CAD software.
On the way to an augmented future
Together, Ducati and Lenovo have big plans for the future. Both companies are already exploring how they can harness AI, machine learning and augmented reality to drive even higher levels of innovation in MotoGP. The virtual reproduction of the bike and its components, in full size in a real context, will represent a differentiating factor that will accelerate future R&D, testing and maintenance, as well as after-sales support for road bikes.
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Founded in 1926, Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946 characterized by high-performance engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. The Ducati factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district of Bologna. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: DesertX, Diavel, XDiavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Panigale, Streetfighter, SuperSport. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made up of bicycles, accessories and clothing that stands out for its creativity and personal expression. In 2020 Ducati unveiled the Multistrada V4, the world’s first motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar, which with its technology marks a new milestone for the world of two wheels. Iconic Ducati motorcycles, as well as a wide range of cycling accessories and technical and lifestyle clothing, are distributed in 90 countries around the world. In 2021 Ducati delivered 59,447 bikes to customers. Ducati takes part in the MotoGP and Superbike world championships. The company has been racing in the MotoGP class since 2003 and has won the constructors’ world title in 2007, 2020 and 2021 and the teams’ world title in 2007 and 2021. Additionally, Ducati was world champion in the 2007 season, winning also the Horsemen’s Title. In Superbike, Ducati has won 17 constructors’ titles and 14 riders’ titles.
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