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In the competitive world of motorsport, a single second can mean the difference between first place and twenty-fifth. This is why West Surrey Racing relies on HP and AMD.

The five times British Touring Car Championship-winning team uses a combination of HP’s professional graphics workstations and AMD’s high-performance GPUs, both in its office and at the track, with Senior Engineer Drew MacDonald using an HP Z240 workstation equipped with AMD’s top-of-the-range Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card for design work, and an HP ZBook mobile workstation with AMD’s optimized graphics for rapid race-day data analysis. Together, their power and reliability helps ensure that WSR completes the work within the narrow time frames permitted by the BTCC regulations – and that its cars stay at the front of the grid.

MacDonald and the team at WSR took stock BMW 125i racing cars in their bare shells to laser-scan the shapes into Siemens NX, supplied by UK software supplier Majenta PLM. Majenta PLM, with 10 years’ experience of Siemens’ PLM technology, recommended using the latest Radeon Pro graphics cards from AMD which are thoroughly tested and certified by Siemens PLM Software to help ensure optimized performance and compatibility.

The Radeon Pro-optimized application quickly rendered and customized the cars, building out the components to bring high performing cars to life. In the world of competitive touring cars, fast turnaround is essential. “It isn’t like working on a road car, where you have a full crew in the office, and can spend a year designing next year’s model,” points out MacDonald. “You don’t really have time to do multiple iterations: you have to get it right first time.”

Once the cars are ready to hit the track, MacDonald brings his HP ZBook mobile workstations trackside to analyze engine and suspension data collected by his car’s on-board logger boxes during practice sessions for real time readouts and analysis.

“It used to take several seconds to download critical data from the wheels and damping but now we get high resolution results instantly and so we have extra time to make key adjustments,” MacDonald noted. “Such fine tuning can often make all the difference for the qualifying session and the race itself. Having the latest tech is so important to keep ahead of the game and ultimately make the car go quicker and win the championship.”

With the help of Radeon Pro workstation graphics, the WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport seized eight victories in the official 2017 BTCC, continuing the string of successes since its inception over three decades ago.

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4. “Entry-level” means sub-US$250 workstation cards. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 22nd, 2017 on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3 @ 3.50 GHz, 16GB DDR4 physical memory, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 2100/WX 3100/NVIDIA Quadro P400/P600, AMD graphics driver 17.10/NVIDIA graphics driver 376.84 and LITEON 512GB SSD. Estimated SPECviewperf® 12.1 Geomean Results. Radeon™ Pro WX2100 score: 16.79, NVIDIA Quadro P400 score: 13.91 Performance Differential: (16.79-13.91)/13.91 = ~20.72% faster performance on Radeon™ Pro WX2100. Radeon™ Pro WX3100 score: 27.92, NVIDIA Quadro P600 score: 21.66. Performance Differential: (27.92-21.66)/21.66 = ~28.92% faster performance on Radeon™ Pro WX3100. Radeon™ Pro WX3100 score: 27.92, FirePro™ W4100 score: 11.71. Performance Differential: (27.92-11.71)/11.71 = ~138.55% faster performance on Radeon™ Pro WX3100. Scores are estimates based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-171