Oshawa Ontario, June 2, 2015
The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is launching an industry-changing relationship with The Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) development in Fort Erie, Ontario with a goal to enhance motorsport in Ontario through specific services and advanced research, with aerodynamic and thermodynamic wind tunnel testing, engine and suspension tuning of race vehicles.
Located in Oshawa, ACE is the first testing and research centre of its kind in the world, owned and operated by The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The $100 million facility, commercially available to customers, is expanding its presence in motorsport.
A memorandum of understanding between ACE and CMS was signed recently at UOIT in Oshawa.
“This partnership will assist ACE in claiming a spot in the motorsport industry and ensure ACE is an integral part of motorsport in Ontario, Canada and the United States,” said Don Toporowski, General Manager, ACE. “Through development, research and innovation, this opportunity will strengthen the motorsport community in Ontario.”
Canadian Motor Speedway will be Canada’s largest event stadium and the nation’s first world class integrated oval and road course racing circuit, research, development and entertainment complex.
A key CMS mandate is to promote education, research and improved environmental sustainability in auto racing. CMS views ACE as a natural educational and testing complement to partnerships already in place with McMaster University and Niagara College.
“The merging of new technology for the automotive and motor sport industries comes from what we learn in testing – both on and off the track,” said Azhar Mohammad, Executive Director, CMS. “This partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology specifically provides wind tunnel testing in different environments, climates and conditions to push vehicle limits, which translates directly to the design and manufacturing of our passenger cars. UOIT is an industry leader with their world-class ACE facility and we are proud to be their future track of record.”
ACE will be the official competition wind tunnel of CMS. The agreement will combine ACE Speed Lab services with race/track days at CMS and encourage motorsport research at ACE and CMS. It will also allow UOIT access to CMS research facilities and provide future educational opportunities for UOIT Engineering and Applied Science students.
John Bickford is the stepfather of Canadian Motor Speedway oval track designer and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon. He understands the tremendous value of research and development partners.
“It’s a vote of confidence when a major organization wants an agreement with you, a big organization saying they want to be involved,” said John Bickford, Vice-President and General Manager of Jeff Gordon Inc.. “When you think how racing has progressed over the last 50 years, it’s an evolution of science. There’s more engineering in the sport than ever before with simulators and wind tunnels.” “Racing is the precursor of the automobile we drive on the street. Manufacturers are testing at facilities looking for better fuel mileage through aero efficiency and race teams are always looking at ways to improve vehicle performance. So having all these things come together in a small community, the CMS-UOIT partnership is like a test bench at your door step. I’m not sure this set up exists anywhere else in the world.”
Photo: CMS Partner & Executive Director Azhar Mohammad (left) and UOIT President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Tim McTiernan (right), sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
ABOUT CANADIAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY: The Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) is a $150 million dollar World Class motor sport and entertainment development on 820 acres of land in Fort Erie, Ontario, 2 minutes from the Canadian /U.S. border at Buffalo New York and 15 minutes from iconic Niagara Falls. CMS will include connected ancillary construction for industrial, recreational, and commercial-retail use, as well as a motorsport innovation park in collaboration with McMaster University’s renowned Faculty of Engineering, Niagara College’s Engineering and Hospitality programs, and The University of Ontario’s ACE Wind Tunnel facility, expanding the build-out to $400 million. The core of the project consists of a stand-alone “Jeff Gordon Designed Signature Speedway” consisting of a ¾ mile banked oval, which combines to form a 2 mile FIA / FIM grade road course through an innovative system of tunnels. Seating for 65,000 will provide an expansive view of the oval and road course for a wide variety of motorsport and non-motorsport events. Enclosed club seats and VIP suites will favour the customer with first class catering and access. The development will provide world class racing events for up to 100,000 spectators in a variety of motor sport platforms including stock car and open wheel racing, motorcycle racing, karting, drifting and various motorized and non-motorized categories. The facility also includes concert grandstands and a professional grade ice rink which converts to a winner’s circle during races.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Erik Tomas, CMS Media Consultant
ABOUT ACE: ACE is a $100 million multi-purpose testing and product development facility that is commercially available to customers to utilize. Among ACE’s many amazing features is one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels on the planet, a massive chamber that can create any weather conditions imaginable – from sweltering jungle downpours to the paralyzing cold of an arctic storm.
ACE Business and Marketing Contact: Colin Howard – 905-721-8668 x5777 firstname.lastname@example.org