VISTEON RACING TEAMS WITH FORD AS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF AMERICAONE
Racing Technology Development For America's Cup Competition
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 24, 1998 -- Visteon Automotive Systems and AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based challenger for sailing's prestigious America's Cup trophy, announced that Visteon will take part as a financial sponsor and technology provider for the challenge in their quest to win the Cup in New Zealand in 2000.
"Racing is an integral part of our mainstream engineering," says Charles W. Szuluk, president, Visteon Automotive Systems. "We are using racing technology as a direct means of accelerating the pace of product development."
"We now have a technological consortium behind AmericaOne that is unmatched by any other challenger," stated Paul Cayard, AmericaOne Skipper and CEO. "Technology is a determinant factor in winning the America's Cup and getting exclusive access to both Ford and Visteon's technology gives us a competitive advantage in this critical area of the campaign."
Visteon Racing will provide AmericaOne with its exclusive Integrated Telemetry Voice Communications (ITVC) system that unites telemetry and voice into a single package. Critical data is transmitted from the AmericaOne to an on-board laptop for the crew and additionally to a Visteon Control Center on land allowing engineers to constantly monitor and predict key performance aspects. Similar to the advanced telemetry currently in use by Visteon Racing's Formula One and CART Championship Cars, AmericaOne will be provided with real-time data of wind direction and speed, temperature, heading and key control surface positions.
Hand-in-hand with the real-time telemetry, voice technology will be used to assure optimal communication between the skipper and shore crew while training. This technology includes the use of noise cancellation capabilities to overcome problems created by sailing's harsh communications environment.
"Whether it be on the racetracks of the world or competitively sailing at sea, racing demands expedient problem resolution and immediate engineering answers," stated Jim Wuorenma, manager, Visteon Racing. "Racing provides us with both development of our people and our products."
Through supportive financial backing and race proven technology, Visteon will strive together with AmericaOne in their pursuit of capturing the America's Cup.
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America's Cup by applying U.S. technology in computer equipment, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. In addition to Visteon and Ford, technology partners include Hewlett-Packard, Bellcore/SAIC and Exponent. Operating since June 1, 1996, the AmericaOne team is comprised of 36 professionals, including 20 members of the design team, actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club.
Visteon Automotive Systems, an enterprise of Ford Motor Company, has 82,000 employees located in 21 countries. Visteon has 81 plants - 32 joint ventures and 49 wholly owned facilities - and 35 sales offices, engineering and technical centers. Visteon's corporate headquarters is located in Dearborn, Michigan.
To learn more about AmericaOne, visit the web site at www.ac2000.org. To learn more about Visteon Automotive Systems, visit the web site at www.visteonet.com
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