CADCAM partnership with Delcam Sales Partner helps V8 Supercar team expand
One of Australia’s leading V8 Supercar teams, Paul Morris Motorsports, is expanding its racecar building operations with new equipment and facilities, backed up by a partnership with Delcam’s Sales Partner in the country, Camplex. The Gold Coast-based team is utilising its upgraded resources in the building of six new VY Holden Commodores for the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship.
PMM owner and driver Paul Morris will race one of the new cars in 2005 in the livery of Sirromet Wines. One of the others will be driven by New Zealand's Paul Radisich for Team Kiwi, who are relocating from Melbourne to be based in PMM’s facilities at the Holden Performance Driving Centre.
The team’s new equipment includes a Haas five-axis machine in expanded manufacturing and fabrication premises. Camplex is supplying Delcam software, including PowerMILL to program the Haas machine, and support services to improve efficiency in the design and car building process.
Paul Morris Motorsports is now supported by Delcam Sales Partner Camplex
"We've now built VY Supercars 'in-house' and we're keen to develop that side of the business, as well as being a race team,” said Mr. Morris. "There is plenty of interest in the cars coming out of our workshop, so we are putting everything in place to be able to increase production and supply as demand grows.”
Mr. Morris’ team built its first 'in-house' Commodore V8 Supercar in 2001. All of its racecars have been designed by Technical Manager Paul Ceprnich, a former BMW Motorsport technician. "Paul is regarded as one of the best in his field in the V8 paddock, and the cars he designs are second-to-none,” claimed Mr. Morris.
He added that the partnership with Camplex, and the use of Delcam programs, would be crucial to the team’s future racecar production plans. "With the two new cars we’re building we've already seen the benefits of speed and efficiency with the manufacturing process for engine components, panels, driveline, front and rear suspension, and the chassis. This new software brings all our programs into the same 'family' and unifies things, and improves production quality and consistency with our car building.”
Mr. Morris said overall building time of the new 2005-specification V8 Supercar Commodore amounted to approximately 780 man hours. "The new cars are an evolution of what we've built before, with several design and manufacturing improvements through our ongoing development programmes,” he said.
Team Kiwi purchased a PMM car for the 2004 championship, and claimed a pole position in the round at Winton in Victoria. Mr. Morris said PMM's technical partnership with Team Kiwi would benefit the championship prospects of both himself and Paul Radisich in 2005.