Desktop Engineering partners Prodrive for long-term benefit

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Back in 1984 Prodrive was formed with just 4 employees. It has grown to become one of the world’s largest, most successful motorsport and vehicle technology businesses with a turnover of more than £125 million and employing nearly 900 staff in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia-Pacific. Desktop Engineering has been working in partnership with Prodrive from those very early days, providing software, hardware, support, training and consultancy in an evolving role, changing with it to meet the new demands of a rapidly growing business.


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Choices for development

Desktop Engineering’s speciality is engineering design, analysis, and manufacturing IT solutions making it the ideal partner for Prodrive, helping the company to make the most appropriate choices as its IT requirements developed.

We chose to work with Desktop Engineering because of its superior product knowledge, and the way in which it was prepared to work in partnership with us.

Ian Johnson, Systems Manager, Prodrive

Success story

The Prodrive story is an exciting one, it is the only company to be involved in the three major series – Formula One, World Rally Championship and Le Mans. It has won six World Rally Championship titles (three manufacturers’ and three drivers’) the most recent with Subaru and Petter Solberg in 2003. In circuit racing, Prodrive has won five British Touring Car Championships, most recently in 2000 with Ford Team Mondeo, and in 2003 took GTS class honours at the Le Mans 24 Hours with its Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello. Now the company is helping to take Aston Martin back into motorsport with a new programme, Aston Martin Racing, which will see the British company return to sports car racing in 2005 with the DBR9. In F1, Prodrive has been managing the Brackley, UK-based, B.A.R Honda Formula One Team since the beginning of 2002. Prodrive chairman, David Richards, is team principal, and his aim is to make the team an F1 title challenger within five years.

Partners since 1998

Desktop Engineering started working with Prodrive in 1988, and were initially instrumental in the company’s very early transition from 2D to 3D design. Desktop Engineering also assisted with analysis projects on gearbox components and the implementation of its first in-house finite analysis software, paving the way to the systems in use today.

(Read more on Prodrive's partnership on Racecar Engineering)


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