Stewart-Haas Racing harnesses generative design and AM for Cup car brake pedal

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Though NASCAR’s Next Gen car arrives in 2022, and with it a host of spec components that teams will not be permitted to modify, 2021 has still seen them pushing the development envelope with their current cars.

In the case of Stewart-Haas Racing, the team has leveraged its partnership with Autodesk to harness the generative design capabilities of the CAD specialist’s Fusion 360 package. Using this AI-powered optimization capability, the team realized a 32% reduction in weight and a 50% increase in stiffness in the brake pedal on driver Cole Custer’s No. 41 Ford Mustang.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he is responsible for content across UKI Media & Events' portfolio of websites while also writing for the company's print titles.

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