Tech giant Lenovo and Italian motorcycle team Ducati today announce a new three-year partnership agreement.
After many years of collaboration, Lenovo now has a more visible role as a name partner for the team.
Lenovo today enters the role of name partner for Ducati, and the two brands now become official partners under the name Ducati Lenovo team. The agreement is based on a multi-year collaboration, where Lenovo as a technical partner for the team since 2018 has been responsible for optimizing the team’s motorcycles with the latest equipment, products and intelligent solutions.
But today, the two brands are taking the collaboration to new heights. Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, comments on the expanded collaboration:
“There are always a lot of emotions at stake when we start a new racing season. 2021 is full of exciting news. Lenovo, which has been with us since 2018, will be the new name partner for the Ducati Lenovo Team, and we present some of the best talent from Ducati’s factory team and Moto2. We are very much looking forward to starting the 2021 season on March 28 in Qatar. ”
The new partnership will strengthen Lenovo’s brand and status as a global technology partner, and Lenovo looks forward to kicking off the collaboration.
“The global motorsport market is growing and is expected to grow by 10 percent annually until 2025. And with an ever-increasing interest and demand for IT and data-driven solutions on the road, the collaboration between Ducati and Lenovo is the perfect match. We look forward to taking our technologies to new heights and making Ducati’s team even bigger in MotoGP in the coming years, ”said Luca Rossi, Senior Vice President at Lenovo.
Technology creates strong results
Data, simulations and artificial intelligence are becoming more and more important in motorsport. As a technical partner, Lenovo has for many years provided Ducati with advanced technological equipment and provided valuable data based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, which has helped the team predict how motorcycles perform on new tracks and not least helped develop riders’ skills on the path.
Ducati’s engineers have, among other things, benefited greatly from Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SE350 edge server, which via artificial intelligence and machine learning can detect simulations and thus develop better strategies on the track and increase control of tire wear.
With ThinkPad workstations, Ducati’s technicians also have the ability to retrieve and analyze data directly from the motorcycles, while the team’s engineers have used the computers via simulations to improve the motorcycles’ efficiency by 25 percent. At the same time, Lenovo’s powerful supercomputer with a high-performance and sustainable system has helped Ducati reduce the physical size of motorcycles by 20: 1 and improve their aerodynamics.
Virtual future plans
As part of the agreement, Lenovo will continue to provide advanced technologies and intelligent solutions for the next three years. The two brands have big future plans, among other things to implement virtual reality technologies in the motorcycle mechanics of the future. On the drawing board is also a virtual computer infrastructure that will ensure a uniform and high performance in Ducati’s computer-controlled engine systems.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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