New technology of another sort

Williams F1 has been named a member of a consortium that will provide computer technology to create a new generation of aerospace, automotive and marine transportation systems which will be more efficient and more environmentally-friendly. The project will put nearly $18m of government money into research programmes. The project, which is called the CFMS Core Programme aims to cut the time between concept stage and a marketable product and speed up testing by using computer-based simulation. The programme brings together research teams from many different UK sectors including medical research, vehicle design and motorsport, energy and environment services the food and other processing industries.

The consortium is led by Airbus and includes the Aircraft Research Association, BAE Systems, BMT Fluid Mechanics Limited, Eurostep, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Hewlett-Packard, IT Innovation, MBDA, Microsoft, PCA Engineers, Quadrics, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce, AgustaWestland, Williams F1 and University of Southampton.

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