Scuderia AlphaTauri announced recently a multi-year agreement with Epicor as the team’s official ERP Partner. Epicor is a producer of industry-specific enterprise software that can help the AlphaTauri team maximise car performance. Scuderia AlphaTauri is currently in a fight for 5th place in the 2021 F1 constructors standings, and naturally aims for higher positions next year and beyond.
The multi-year agreement builds on an already successful long-term technology relationship and solidifies Epicor as an important component behind AlphaTauri’s operations, enabling the team to focus on continuous performance improvements, both on and off the track.
“In our data-driven world, there is no offseason. The demand for high quality data and intelligence across every aspect of our business and racing operations is paramount.” said Franz Tost, Team Principal of Scuderia AlphaTauri. “Epicor is at the center of everything we do, and this technology partnership makes perfect sense for us. We’re able to quickly deliver the right information to the right people at the right time, which gives us a competitive edge. We are looking forward to go racing with Epicor for many years to come and achieve always greater results.”
In high-performance racing where success is measured in milliseconds, real-time performance data and attention to every detail is critical. The Epicor Kinetic industry productivity platform for manufacturers enables Scuderia AlphaTauri to centrally manage all processes and data across its operation, optimising every aspect of the team’s production, inventory, component testing, and financials with greater speed, accuracy and organizational visibility.
“F1 demands a commitment to excellence, something in which the Epicor and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams align,” said Paul Stoddart, Epicor CMO. “Epicor is excited to be an essential partner enabling the team’s constant drive for performance, something we strive every day to deliver for all of the makers, movers and sellers we serve worldwide.”
A Formula 1 car is made up of more than 14,000 precision components, with many of the parts custom-made onsite by technical designers and engineers. Historically, managing production of each unique part, understanding lifespan, and ensuring the right parts were ready for race day proved challenging with older, siloed software systems and manual processes.
By using Kinetic, Scuderia AlphaTauri can automatically render an entire schematic structure of its racing cars and every part, all serial-tracked, and store a snapshot of that structure coded to a specific race. During component production, Kinetic automates the job creation process for each part, minimising data entry and speeding productivity. The team also has granular visibility into which machine, operator, and tools were used to manufacture each part, helping develop cost-analysis models that inform make-or-buy decisions, as well as quickly correcting any production issues before getting to the track.
During testing, Scuderia AlphaTauri overlays all telemetry data from the more than 900 sensors onboard each car, providing a precise and accurate view into individual part performance, when each part is installed or replaced, and predictive analytics. The team can also automatically “unwind” the data to earlier snapshots of the car structure to pinpoint potential component issues and ensure a problem is not replicated.
The Epicor brand officially debuted on the team’s AT02’s front wing endplates at United States Grand Prix last month, celebrating the beginning of a long brand and technology partnership.