Suzuki Racing Goes Digital

Brent Plummer
by Brent Plummer
Four-strokes are coming to FIM Gran Prix racing, and Suzuki is diving head-first into the fray: ``Our goal within Suzuki's Motor Racing Division, is to enter 4-cycle vehicles in the World Grand Prix 500, as early as the year2002. This challenge is like nothing we have faced before, in terms of preparation and overall product design completion,'' said Hironori Iguchi, head of Suzuki Motor Racing.

To realize that goal, Suzuki Racing is going CAD/CAM with Pro/Engineer and Pro/Mechanica, an awesome -- albeit extremely costly -- set of engineering software from PTC. Suzuki, for those that weren't paying attention, had a stellar racing year, winning the FIM 500cc title, the USA's AMA Superbike crown and World Endurance (a really cool, overlooked series in our opinion).

All of which begs the questions: Will technology gleaned from four-strokers in GPs trickle down to street bikes, and at what cost?

I've played with Pro/E a bit on borrowed computer time, and it's truly awesome, but at that time (six or so years ago), it was about $45,000 for a single license!

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