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Altair ProductDesign Partners with Studio X-GENE to Develop a New Electric Vehicle Concept Car

Altair’s ProductDesign division lends its crash, durability, vibration and vehicle dynamics simulation expertise to develop an innovative, lightweight, environmentally friendly vehicle TROY, Mich., Sept. 15, 2011 Altair Engineering Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that its product development division, Altair ProductDesign, has successfully partnered with Taiwanese automotive design consultancy, Studio X-GENE, to develop a new electric concept vehicle. Revealed for the first time at the Auto Shanghai 2011, the AVANT GT is a pure electric sports grand tourer.

The AVANT GT is a project initiated by Studio X-GENE along with its partners, Delta Electronics, Wistron and Qisda, to demonstrate its domain knowledge and expertise by building an electric vehicle platform. Altair ProductDesign became involved in the project to lend its support to the engineering development of the vehicle. Altair was given responsibility for providing a simulation driven design approach for the vehicle’s crash, durability, vibration, vehicle dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics drag evaluation along with supporting Studio X-GENE during the architectural design phase.

“The AVANT GT is a unique project for Studio X-GENE and represents the quality of automotive design expertise available in Taiwan today,” said Albert Yang, Executive Director of Studio X-GENE. “Partnering with Altair ProductDesign proved invaluable. Combining our design knowledge with Altair’s engineering and optimization expertise has allowed us to deliver this exciting, high-performance new vehicle to the Shanghai Auto Show and really make an impact on the automotive community.”

Altair ProductDesign worked with Studio X-GENE to implement a comprehensive set of optimization techniques throughout the AVANT GT’s development to ensure that the car remained as lightweight as possible, while meeting all structural and safety requirements. A minimum mass aluminium alloy body frame was developed as the basis for the concept car, and was combined with a range of carbon fiber components to keep weight down, and maximize performance and vehicle power range per charge. This dedication to a lightweight design resulted in the car weighing just 1600kg when revealed at the Shanghai show, which is significantly lighter than most electric, battery-driven vehicles of the AVANT GT’s size and specification.

“After all of Studio X-Gene’s and Altair’s excellent work on this project, it was a great sense of accomplishment to see the AVANT GT on display at the Shanghai Auto Show,” said Richard Yen, Vice President, Altair ProductDesign. “As concern about future fuel prices continues to rise, automotive OEMs and customers alike are exploring the advantages that electric vehicles offer. We are pleased to lend our automotive engineering and testing expertise to the development of a new generation of innovative passenger vehicles.”

About Altair
Altair Engineering Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management, and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,500 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year track record for high-end software and consulting services for engineering, computing and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

About Altair ProductDesign
Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 500 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc. (www.altair.com), this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. To learn more, please visit www.altairproductdesign.com.

Press Contact:
Evelyn Gebhardt
Blue Gecko Marketing GmbH
Tel.: +49 6421 9684351

Company Contact:
Peter Roberts
Altair Engineering
Tel.: +44 01926 468 615

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