Caterham Composites and Altair provided engineering support to help Alex Thomson finish the Vendée Globe 2012/2013 in third place. (Picture courtesy of C. Launay/ Alex Thomson Racing/ HUGO BOSS.)
Caterham Composites and Altair provided engineering support to help Alex Thomson finish the Vendée Globe 2012/2013 in third place. (Picture courtesy of C. Launay/ Alex Thomson Racing/ HUGO BOSS.)

The companies say they have streamlined the critical exchange between design and simulation successfully during 2012.

One major project Caterham Composites and Altair focused on was Caterham Composites’ technical partnership with Alex Thomson Racing. (See Caterham Composites aids Alex Thomson's Vendée Globe preparations.) 

The partnership with Altair Engineering enables us to guarantee our customers an excellent and customised structural lightweight solution based on our knowledge gained in the high-end performance industry, Formula One, alongside Altair’s know-how of simulation and optimisation software. 
Phil Hall, Managing Director, Caterham Composites

Caterham Composites designed and engineered a sliding coach roof for Thomson's Open 60 HUGO BOSS yacht to protect the sailor during the race (see Caterham Composites Case Study: Sliding Roof for Alex Thomson's HUGO BOSS yacht) and the tiller. Altair Engineering focused on the simulation and optimisation for the bespoke parts.

“The partnership between Caterham Composites and Alex Thomson Racing has been a great example of how the professional sailing industry can benefit from the experience and expertise of Formula One engineering,” says Stewart Hosford, Managing Director Alex Thomson Racing.

“It was an exciting project for both parties to be involved in and we hope that this partnerships and others like it will continue to drive innovation forward in the marine industry.”

Caterham Composites and Altair have also been working together on the Concept Electric Coupé, which is paving the way for a cost-focused, automotive survival cell suitable for medium-volume production vehicles.