McLaren Electronics fuels analysis of Formula One racing data with SQL Server

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A McLaren case study

Published October 2008

McLaren Electronic Systems, part of a family of companies that includes the McLaren Racing organization, is a leader in developing specialized motor racing products including the engine control unit (ECU) that manages the complex engine, transmission, and other key elements of Formula One race cars.

After the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motor sport's world governing body, awarded McLaren Electronics and Microsoft the contract to provide the ECU solution that will be used in all Formula One race cars, McLaren Electronics sought a more efficient way to manage the terabytes of ECU data that a team generates in a year. After performing a proof of concept study, McLaren Electronics found that Microsoft SQL Server 2008 provided the solution it needed for storing data while providing Formula One type retrieval speeds.

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