Team McLaren uses CA technology

ISLANDIA, N.Y. and WOKING, ENGLAND, August 10, 2000 - Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), the world's leading eBusiness solutions provider announced today that West McLaren Mercedes, developer of the MP4/15 Formula 1 racing car, is ...

ISLANDIA, N.Y. and WOKING, ENGLAND, August 10, 2000 - Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), the world's leading eBusiness solutions provider announced today that West McLaren Mercedes, developer of the MP4/15 Formula 1 racing car, is implementing CA's Unicenter TNG-based Data Transport Option. The world-class software protects and communicates gigabytes of vital race and test data from Formula 1 tracks and garages, to the McLaren International Headquarters in Woking, England for immediate real time analysis.

When every split second counts, optimizing car set-up in the most efficient way can mean the difference between winning and losing. CA's Data Transport Option allows engineers to reliably encrypt and send, via satellite, telemetry data collected from the car, like suspension travel and engine performance, from track-side anywhere in the world back to team headquarters in real-time for immediate and complete analysis.

Working in tandem, engineers at the advanced computing, high-tech headquarters in Woking can analyze and correlate vital telemetry information and immediately send suggestions back to the engineers and mechanics at the track in order to maximize the racing car's performance during the Grand Prix or the test session.

Technology partners, CA and McLaren continue to strive towards a third title following consecutive championships in 1998 and 1999. In 1997 McLaren implemented CA's enterprise management software, Unicenter TNG, to provide the drivers, engineers and the pit crew with a 3D, intuitive, virtual view of the car's telemetry data and the ability to promptly analyze and correlate over 50 megabytes of complex data collected in a single Grand Prix weekend.

In 1998, CA implemented the multimedia and networking capabilities of Jasmineii enabling engineers to integrate complex new data with historical data into one repository. With access to enough historical information, the team is able to run the car around many circuits in full-detail simulation, optimizing every variable. By the time the car's wheels hit the real surface of a given circuit, the vehicle's set-up will have already been fine-tuned to match the prevailing conditions, based on historical best-performance set-ups.

"The results of our technology partnership with CA are obvious and the trend is clear. Leveraging CA software for a high-tech advantage helps achieve higher speeds, and as a result gives us an added edge against our rivals in the championship," said Ron Dennis, Chairman and CEO of the TAG McLaren Group. "Better, faster and more reliable technology is the key to winning. With CA as our technology partner, we're well on our way to achieving our third championship in a row."

Round 15 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway September 24, and marks the first time in over eight years that F1 has competed on American soil.

"We want to ensure that the West McLaren Mercedes team is well into the lead in both the driver's and constructor's championships by September," said Jay Huff, CA divisional vice president. "In addition to relying on instinct, adrenaline and fast cars, with CA technology on board, drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard will have dependable data transport together with Unicenter TNG's and analytical capabilities to asses their cars performance while traveling at high speeds around the track"

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) the world's leading business software company, delivers the end-to-end infrastructure to enable eBusiness through innovative technology, services and education. CA has 20,000 employees worldwide and had revenue in excess of $6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. For more information, visit www.ca.com.

Based in Woking, England, McLaren has been involved in the construction and development of Formula 1 Grand Prix Cars since 1966, and in 1995 entered into a long-term partnership with Mercedes-Benz as engine supplier. McLaren is one of the most successful racing teams in the world. Since entering Formula One racing, cars developed by the McLaren team have racked up a total of 128 Grand Prix victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins, five consecutive Can-Am sports cars wins, and one LeMans 24-hour endurance race. For more information, visit www.mclaren.com.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren