Altair Engineering HyperWorks Selected by Ducati for Series Production of 'Hypermotard'

    Optimization technology software helps Ducati drive innovation in taking
    concept bike on the road.

    TROY, Mich., Oct. 22 /CNW/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global
provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and
decision-making, today announced that Ducati, the leading manufacturer of
racing-inspired motorcycles has chosen Altair HyperWorks as its preferred tool
for the optimization and verification of structural parts for the series
production development of the "Hypermotard." The Hypermotard concept
motorcycle has already won several awards following its presentation at the
EICMA, the 63rd International Motorcycle Exhibition held in Milan during
November 2005. To continue this success, Ducati has now taken the prize-
winning bike into series production. The Hypermotard 1100 and 1100 S were
launched in spring 2007.
    "When we presented the Hypermotard as a concept bike at the EICMA, it was
enthusiastically received," said Simone Di Piazza, head of the calculation
department at Ducati. "International experts and attendees praised both
Hypermotard's outstanding technology and Pierre Terblanche's excellent design.
Everybody at Ducati was extremely pleased that the prototype was awarded 'Best
of Show' at the Motorcycle Design Association 'Designers Night.' Reassured by
this successful presentation, we knew it was time to go into series production
with the bike, and started the development for series production in March
2006. As soon as we knew we would go into series production with the bike, we
started to look for a state-of-the-art simulation tool to deal with the
challenges we would have to face. We then learned that HyperWork's integrated
framework fit our needs in the area of structural optimization perfectly. We
are confident that HyperWorks is the best choice for us to receive accurate
results and to realize this project within the expected time frame."
    Altair HyperWorks is an integrated CAE framework containing best-in-class
solutions for the complete virtual product development process. HyperWorks not
only contains powerful finite-element and multi-body simulation solutions, it
also delivers an open, programmable platform that is easy to integrate into
existing processes. From modeling and assembly, to visualization and
reporting, to virtual manufacturing and robustness assessment, HyperWorks'
powerful interface system to all major CAD and CAE packages is the foundation
for a truly integrated simulation-driven design process. It can also help
bring highly engineered products to market faster.
    "The new Ducati machine is a bike built to turn bikers' dreams into
reality," said Cosimo Panetta, country manager, Altair Engineering, Italy. "It
is a radical bike that takes power, versatility and performance to a new
level, but is also built to be driven every day of the year. I am very proud
that HyperWorks was used to put this 95hp - 90CV (66kw) at 7750rpm, 175 kg
dry-weight bike from concept into series production. HyperWorks and the
Hypermotard not only share a part of their names - they are also both state-
of-the-art products. With two wheels, but only one purpose - to thrill, the
Hypermotard is a symbol for innovative driving. Similarly, HyperWorks is a
suite of products put together to serve one purpose. That is, to accelerate
product development - standing for driving innovation at its best."
    About Ducati
    Founded in 1926, Ducati develops racing-inspired motorcycles
characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced
engineering and overall technical excellence. The company produces motorcycles
in six market segments, which vary in their technical and design features and
intended customers: Superbike, Supersport; Monster, Sport Touring, Multistrada
and Sport Classic. The company's motorcycles are sold in more than 60
countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European and North
American markets. Ducati has won 13 of the last 15 World Superbike
Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put
together. For more information about the company, please visit our website at .
    About Altair Engineering
    Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and
decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and
visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with
more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South
America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product
design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair
consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of
industries. For more information please visit .
    The Altair Engineering Logo and all Altair Engineering product names are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Altair Engineering Inc., USA. All other
trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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