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NTT Communications is the Official Technology
Partner of McLaren-Honda

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Partnership

Analyzing Great Volumes of Data—at Great Speed
NTT Communications Attempts to Meet McLaren-Honda’s Tough Demands

Winning in Formula 1 is about building the fastest car of all the teams—a goal that requires continuous development so the car can record the fastest lap time no matter the characteristics of the circuit or the conditions, such as weather, that affect the race. It is a team sport guided by science and technology. Different settings are needed for high-speed and low-speed corners, making it extremely difficult to find a perfect balance for calculating the time from the straight past the corner combinations. Achieving that balance requires data.

In the case of McLaren-Honda, this data comes from simulators and wind tunnel tests, as well as from over two hundred sensors attached to its cars. Winning a Formula 1 Grand Prix depends heavily on the speed at which this data is analyzed and incorporated into the cars. During every race, each team uses their own high-speed cloud network to collect a huge volume of data—as much as 100GB per race—related to the engine, brakes, tires, gearbox, aerodynamics, suspension, and other parts of the car, as well as the weather. The teams then analyze all this data at their headquarters. This process of capturing, monitoring, analyzing, and sharing data is called telemetry.

Telemetry was first introduced into Formula 1 in the mid-80s by Honda, and then refined by McLaren over the next decade and a half. Even today, no team boasts a more state-of-the-art telemetry infrastructure than McLaren-Honda. But there is always room for improvement—which is why McLaren-Honda is now partnering with NTT Communications to enhance its ICT infrastructure, and further improve the team’s performance.

McLaren-Honda and NTT Communications announce 3-year partnership

Why did NTT Communications become involved in Formula 1?

“Transform. Transcend.” This is the NTT Communications corporate slogan.

It represents our mission to dynamically transform businesses, markets, and societies by developing world-class technologies and services, and to transcend expectations and boundaries through the creation of new forms of value.

Our partnership with McLaren-Honda will allow NTT Communications to transform the ways in which digital data is collected and utilized by the team and transcend the status quo of motorsports racing.

Why did NTT Communications choose to become McLaren-Honda’s Official Technology Partner?

McLaren-Honda has one of the most distinguished histories in Formula 1, and has consistently demonstrated a strong desire to win. It is a team that never compromises logic or determination in its pursuit of technological innovation.

As part of our 2011 Global Cloud Vision, we at NTT Communications have pursued innovations in ICT that will allow us to provide customers with seamless global cloud, network, and security services that will enhance our customers’ ICT environments and digitally transform their businesses.

By partnering with McLaren-Honda, NTT Communications can provide such services to a racing team that shares our strategic vision—aiming for the top without compromising, and battling rivals using cutting-edge technologies.

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About McLaren

History of McLaren

McLaren’s history goes back to 1963, when the New Zealand-born Bruce McLaren established Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd. near London. With a handful of skilled craftsmen and engineers, he decided to apply his motor racing experience towards designing and producing Formula 1 cars emblazoned with his own name.

The company made its Formula 1 debut just 3 years later. It has since spent the next fifty years developing revolutionary cars that have come to epitomize the apex of Formula 1—and which have helped McLaren Racing rack up the most impressive win record in Grand Prix history. Today, the company is headquartered at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, just outside London, and has a staff over 3,000. Under the leadership of McLaren Group’s former CEO Ron Dennis - who made his start running the McLaren Formula 1 Team and has served as team principal since 1980 - the company has transformed into a world-leading technology giant.

Since 1966, McLaren has won 182 Grand Prix—its first victory was in Monaco—12 drivers’ championships, and 8 constructors’ championships. Other records include an impressive 43 wins in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup between 1967 and 1972, and 3 wins in the Indianapolis 500 between 1972 and 1976. For the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team took a huge gamble by sending in Japanese driver Masanori Sekiya—who had never before participated in the endurance race—but it paid off with a first-place finish.

Seven drivers—Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen, and Lewis Hamilton—have become Formula 1 drivers’ champions behind the wheel of a McLaren car. Each one is a motorsports legend who continues to capture the imagination of racing fans around the world. In the 2017 season, McLaren-Honda, along with new partner NTT Communications, will be competing with two talented drivers: Fernando Alonso, whose sensational run of victories in the 2005 and 2006 seasons is still fresh in everyone’s memories, and Stoffel Vandoorne, newly promoted from reserve driver due to his success of Super Formula in Japan. Together, the two drivers will attempt to gun the MCL32 Formula 1 car towards another World Championship.

Racing Driver

Fernando Alonso

World Champion (2005, 2006)
Nationality: Spain
D.O.B.: September 29th, 1981
Height: 171cm
Weight: 68kg

Fernando Alonso

Stoffel Vandoorne

2016 F1 debut
Nationality: Belgium
D.O.B.: March 26th, 1992
Height: 177cm
Weight: 67kg

Stoffel Vandoorne
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Future

The future of NTT Communications and McLaren-Honda

NTT Communications and McLaren-Honda will be working together to develop advanced technologies that will help boost the team’s Formula 1 performance—a factor that relies heavily on being able to securely and rapidly transmit large volumes of data from the circuit and the car, analyze it, and incorporate the results into the car’s settings.

To that end, NTT Communications will be setting up a global network—as well as an NFV service (Arcstar Universal One)—between the UK, Spain, the USA, Singapore, and Japan. That kind of robust network is crucial for McLaren-Honda’s ability to rapidly analyze the large volume of data that the NFV service will be transmitting during races in real time from the car to McLaren-Honda’s technical team.

NTT Communications will also be applying its knowledge of and experience with cloud conversion to help accelerate the speed of technological innovation and enhance the level of flexibility in McLaren’s businesses. Depending on its needs, McLaren will be provided with either a shared or dedicated cloud service (Enterprise Cloud) or a cloud management platform (CMP) that they can use to integrate the management of cloud infrastructures and services provided by other companies. NTT Communications will use this opportunity to continue its mission to “transform” and “transcend.”

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RACE Calendar

2017 FIA Formula One World Championship Series

01 AUSTRALIA

March 24th ~ 26th

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02 CHINA

April 7th ~ 9th

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03 BAHRAIN

April 14th ~ 16th

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04 RUSSIA

April 28th ~ 30th

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05 SPAIN

May 12th ~ 14th

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06 MONACO

May 25th ~ 28th

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07 CANADA

June 9th ~ 11th

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08 EUROPE(Azerbaijan)

June 23th ~ 25th

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09 AUSTRIA

July 7th ~ 9th

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10 GREAT BRITAIN

July 14th ~ 16th

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11 HUNGARY

July 28nd ~ 30th

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12 BELGIUM

August 25th ~ 27st

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13 ITALY

September 1st ~ 3rd

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14 SINGAPORE

September 15th ~ 17th

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15 MALAYSIA

September 29th ~ October 1st

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16 JAPAN

October 6th ~ 8nd

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17 UNITED STATES

October 20th ~ 22th

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18 MEXICO

October 27th ~ 29th

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19 BRASIL

November 10th ~ 12th

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20 ABU DHABI

November 24th ~ 26th

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