McLaren is set to use its high performance engineering expertise honed in almost 50 years of Formula 1 racing to improve the energy efficiency of data centres.
The Applied Technologies arm of the iconic UK motor sports team has announced a long term partnership with technology company IO to help improve the design and operation of its future data centres.
Data centres currently consume around two per cent of the global electricity supply, equivalent to the total output of 30 nuclear power stations. This is expected to rise significantly with the spread of smart technology.
Jim Newton, director of performance management at McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT), said F1 aerodynamics techniques could be used to improve cooling within data centre facilities.
The modelling and data management techniques developed in racing can also be employed to help predict data usage more effectively, thereby reducing over-capacity and reducing power requirements, he added, while McLaren's simulation technology might be harnessed to improve data centres' resilience to earthquakes or other seismic events.
The partnership with IO is a "long-term, multi-year agreement" that has the potential to spread into other areas, Newton said.
The deal is the latest green move for the company, which became F1's first ever carbon neutral team two years ago and has also announced it is to build engines, transmission and electronics for the forthcoming all-electric racing series, Formula E.
McLaren's Woking HQ also incorporates a huge range of environmental and efficiency measures, including smart heating and lighting systems, rainwater harvesting and a roof made of recycled tyres.
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