Ansys Validates Safety and Cost Savings of NASCAR's Next Gen Race Car with Simulated Crash Tests

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By incorporating Ansys' industry-leading crash simulation software, NASCAR significantly cut costs and accelerated the validation testing necessary to launch Next Gen in time for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season

  • Ansys' simulation solutions enabled NASCAR and Elemance engineers to quickly and confidently perform virtual crash tests and build parts for its Next Gen race car during the pandemic

  • Simulation reduced the need for physical crash testing, which resulted in cost savings of $1 million

  • Virtual crash testing accelerated the development and validation time of NASCAR's Next Gen race car, which ensured its premiere at the start of the 2022 season

PITTSBURGH, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- NASCAR used Ansys' (NASDAQ: ANSS) simulation solutions to ensure the safety of its Next Gen race car in time for the 2022 season with virtual crash tests that accelerated validation time and reduced material costs for physical testing by $1 million. The crash simulations allowed NASCAR to overcome pandemic-induced physical testing challenges and meet its goal to debut the car in February at the Daytona 500 motor race, the 500-mile season-opener considered the most prestigious and important race in NASCAR.

Virtual crash testing with Ansys simulation accelerated the development and validation time of NASCAR’s Next Gen race car


By integrating Ansys® LS-DYNA® into crash testing, NASCAR was able to analyze, test, and validate multidirectional influences, including nonlinear and linear contact to the entire vehicle, spanning frontal impacts, roof crashes, lateral side impacts, rear impacts, and oblique impacts. This high-fidelity data, compiled by virtual crash simulations, slashed typical validation timing and material costs by reducing physical crash tests — estimated at $500,000 each — to only two full scale vehicle physical crash tests.


Further, Ansys' predictive accuracy and results gave NASCAR the engineering confidence and ability to build parts without physical crash test data during early development stages in 2020 when on-site crash facilities were shut down due to COVID-19. When physical crash tests were later performed, Ansys' robust and comprehensive simulation models were verified. Similarly, the software's cloud computing capabilities allowed NASCAR to run and manage a large volume of simulations remotely using Ansys® Cloud.


"Ansys LS-DYNA was an important tool in getting the Next Gen car ready for the 2022 season," said John Probst, senior vice president of Racing Innovation at NASCAR. "The ability to simulate crash tests with highly-reliable results helped us work through the pandemic and prepared us for our physical crash tests."


NASCAR, working together with Elemance, LLC, performed the engineering and simulation work leveraging the software's built-in design optimization tools to enhance the crash performance of the front and rear bumpers via simulation.


"Ansys' crash simulation software provides a unique opportunity to safely analyze, test, and visualize an extensive amount of variables and conditions with confidence and precision," said Walt Hearn, vice president of global sales and customer excellence at Ansys. "In addition to increasing safety, virtual testing significantly reduces development and validation time as well as material costs. We are proud that our simulation solutions supported NASCAR in each of these areas and helped get Next Gen ready to race for the 2022 season."


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