Hendrick Motorsports, a critically acclaimed and immensely successful NASCAR racing team with drivers such as Chase Elliott, William Byron, seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman, began using software in the engine engineering shop in the early 1990s.
At the time, the team used computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to create the tool paths they needed to drive the 3-, 4- and 5-axis operations on their Haas machine tools. This led to greater efficiency and also removed one of the early engineering problems: part variability.
As they increased their use of software to the design and simulation disciplines, they began to see significant benefits as it enabled the engineering team to capture, document, and collaborate on designs. The link between computer-aided design (CAD), CAM and computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools also led to less data import and export, fewer errors in translation and greater ability to keep engineering groups aligned on the latest parts and design updates.