Lenovo and Ducati have announced Lenovo as the Title Partner of the Ducati MotoGP Team, unveiling the new “Ducati Lenovo Team” name effective immediately. The announcement builds on Lenovo’s three-year key technology partnership with Ducati and sees The new three-year partnership attests to the growing significance of advanced hardware technology in powering extensive data analytics as well as artificial intelligence (AI) and smart software solutions in the world of motorbike racing. As an official technology partner since 2018, Lenovo has enabled Ducati engineers and designers’ rapid adoption of algorithms and racing bike technology for both race and road bikes.
The Ducati brand is known around the world as the purest expression of technology, design and passion for motorsports, and this partnership affords Lenovo significant visibility at the international level. The new partnership stands to bolster Lenovo’s status as a global technology leader in enabling Ducati to drive faster, smarter and better performance. The Ducati MotoGP Team has a long and storied legacy of high speed, success and competitive excellence; and Lenovo is proud of its continuing role in this great story.
In the coming few years, Lenovo and Ducati are committed to enabling even smarter remote collaboration and performance workspaces focused on speed, flexibility and mobility. The two brands are developing research and development plans to implement a virtual desktop infrastructure that provides consistently high-performance levels for the majority of Ducati engineers working remotely. Additionally, Lenovo and Ducati are exploring augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies for motorbike mechanics in the future.
As Ducati’s premier technology partner since 2018, Lenovo’s award-winning PCs, tablets and high-performance servers have introduced a host of competitive technological advantages to Ducati’s racers, motorcycles and performance engines. Analytics and simulations now run in MotoGP using Lenovo’s compact-sized and rugged ThinkSystem™ SE350 edge server to process and analyze data at its source. With this upgraded processing power, Ducati engineers are able to track simulations with AI and machine learning and develop even safer strategies on the track, including better management of tire consumption. Technicians used the rugged, ultra-thin Lenovo ThinkPad™ P1 mobile workstation laptops to pull and analyze data directly from the bikes. Engineers then used ThinkPad laptops at the garage to simulate possible bike configurations – improving efficiency by 25 percent and reducing decision-making time by 35 percent.
Lenovo designed and implemented a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster based on ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers. This new HPC environment helps reduce overall footprint by 20:1 and allows Ducati to run aerodynamic and fluid dynamic modelling workloads at racing speed—empowering engineers to develop new superbikes faster while maintaining the highest quality and safety standards.
Other Lenovo devices deployed by Ducati include ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations for designing road bikes and race bikes; the ThinkPad X1 Tablet by area directors for their portability; and an assortment of popular Yoga™ premium laptops for taking notes in racing debriefs with the riders. In 2020, Lenovo’s partnership with Ducati also brought co-branded devices to market, such as the Lenovo Ducati 5, a crossover limited edition laptop with Ducati Corse design elements tailored for the most ardent Ducati fans.