Jordan streamlines

Jordan Grand Prix joins the growing number of top level automotive design houses creating an entire vehicle on screen without the wheels ever touching the ground

Jordan Grand Prix is expecting big things from its new car for the 2000 Formula One season. The Jordan Mugen-Honda EJ10 is based on last year’s successful car, with redesigned front suspension and gearbox, and weight saving improvements to most parts. These improvements, and the time to carry them out, were largely made possible by a radical restructuring of design practices.

All the mechanical parts and the body of the EJ10 were designed and developed in 3D in SDRC I-DEAS Master Series. Jordan produced a digital prototype of the car, which optimised the mechanical design and packaging, enabled concurrent engineering, and allowed more time for design development and revision. Wind tunnel models for the EJ10 were developed as 3D models and then machined directly as stereolithography models for testing.

`The major benefit of working with SDRC and I-DEAS has been the more efficient use of expertise and resources, resulting in considerable time savings,’ says Mike Gascoyne, technical director at Jordan. `As a result we were able to begin work on the EJ10 three months earlier than with the 1999 car, allowing us to increase the time available for wind tunnel testing by 50%. We have also had excellent support from SDRC’s engineering team.’

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