Acronis has announced a new technology partnership with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC Team, becoming its Official Artificial Intelligence Partner. It will see the global leader in cyber security and software backup design AI/ML solutions to assist the team’s performance both on and off the racetrack.
The name Toyota is synonymous with motorsport and with endurance racing. It’s a field where the famous Japanese marque has excelled in recent years, claiming the prestigious World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014 with Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi at the wheel and more recently in 2018/19, when Buemi again was triumphantly partnered by Fernando Alonso and home hero Kazuki Nakajima.
Unquestionably one of the most prestigious of motorsport championships, the WEC races on some of the most iconic circuits around the globe, including Silverstone, Fuji, Sebring, Spa-Francorchamps and, of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was at this most iconic of venues where Toyota have won on the last two occasions and will be looking for a hat-trick of titles this year in the TS050 Hybrid.
Toyota Gazoo Racing will use Acronis’ expertise in machine learning and artificial intelligence to process large amounts of racing data for the development of cars. Acronis will also assist with the analysis of the wind tunnel data, accelerating aerodynamics projects across the team’s race car lineup.
Acronis AI/ML innovations are driven by a team of AI experts who are also engaged in developing advanced cyber protection/ technology capable of protecting all workloads and defending cyber attacks. Acronis helps partners and customers worldwide to address the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of workloads. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Acronis also helps its partners to secure remote workloads and stay #CyberFit.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Acronis to Toyota Gazoo Racing in WEC. In motorsport, performance is everything and our partnership with Acronis will introduce AI/ML solutions that will enhance our team’s development of our racecars, giving us the competitive edge we have been looking for. We’re looking forward to a successful year with Acronis,” said Rob Leupen, Managing Director of Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe.
“Acronis continues to set the #CyberFit standard. Our technology is perfectly suited for helping motorsport teams protect their data, applications, and systems in any environment, enhanced by the latest AI and ML developments. We are proud to become an official team partner of Toyota Gazoo Racing and look forward to a successful partnership with the team,” added Serguei Beloussov, Acronis Founder and CEO.