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Peugeot Sport selects HyperWorks Suite to streamline development processes of LMP1 race car

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Altair’s CAE product family enables faster and more flexible design of composite structures

TROY, Mich., November 30, 2009 – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that Peugeot Sport, the racing department of the Peugeot brand, has chosen the HyperWorks Suite to optimize composite development processes.

"A major reason to choose the HyperWorks Suite is the user friendliness of HyperMesh, especially for the creation of composites models,” said Livio Galassi, composite design engineer and structure analyst at Peugeot Sport. “The interface is very intuitive and easy to learn. Furthermore, I see many great improvements in the area of composite model creation and optimization in the recent version of the software suite. This new approach allows us a faster and more efficient design of composite parts.”

Peugeot Sport is using HyperMesh, the pre-processor of the suite; OptiStruct for optimization; and HyperView for the post-processing of the data. The software suite is mainly used to design and optimize structural elements in composites, i.e., for the chassis and bodywork of Peugeot’s LMP1 car. Especially in racecar development, a flexible and fast way to evaluate the design of composite parts is essential to improve the overall car performance.

“Another important reason to choose HyperWorks is the flexible license system Altair offers,” said Galassi. “We can use the HyperWorks units we already have for any HyperWorks application needed and can also use them for Altair’s partner products of the HWEC (HyperWorks Enabled Community). Even if we haven’t done this yet, it is an option we are thinking about as it will help us to consolidate our software costs. Moreover, Altair’s customer support and the customer communication with its homepage, newsletter and events is excellent."

“We appreciate Peugeot Sport’s selection of HyperWorks,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, managing director Altair, France. “The motorsport and the aerospace industries are the leaders in composite design, but it does get used more and more in every industry that is looking to produce lighter and better products. With the HyperWorks suite, we offer the right tools to optimize composite development processes, a solution that wins growing acceptance throughout all industries.”

About HyperWorks
Built on a foundation of design optimization, performance data management and process automation, HyperWorks is an enterprise simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture CAE solution in the industry, HyperWorks includes best-in-class modeling, analysis, visualization and data management solutions for linear and non-linear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction and multi-body dynamics applications. For more information, please visit www.altairhyperworks.com.

About Peugeot Sport
With its 180 persons, the Peugeot Sport team depends directly on Automobiles Peugeot. Peugeot Sport creates, develops, produces and runs cars that are dedicated to racing. In circuit and in rally, with its official program and customers program, Peugeot Sport insures Peugeot brand a dynamic, sports and victorious vision. With its 908 HDi FAP endurance racing program, Peugeot Sport has succeeded in raising the Peugeot brand colors to the highest level in the sport. The program embodies a certain idea of motor sport: a sport that evolves with its time, has meaning and incorporates real environmental efficiency, particularly with its HDi FAP technology. The 2009 race season offered plenty of success for Peugeot Sport : a 1-2-3 finish at Monte-Carlo Rally, 2nd place at 12H of Sebring, a win at 1000km of Spa, a 1-2 finish at 24H of Le Mans, a 1-2 finish at Petit Le Mans (Road Altanta). For more information about Peugeot Sport, visit www.peugeot-sport.com.

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 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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