●      Project 424 welcomes its first brand technology partners to the publically accessible online platform

●      Onshape, SimScale and migenius provide a fully integrated and exclusively cloud-based framework for the design, simulation and 3D prototype renderings of the all-electric PERRINN Le Mans Prototype race car

●      Online tools facilitate a faster rate of development and fully accessible on any device at any time

●      Onshape, SimScale and migenius — headquartered in the USA, Germany and Australia respectively — form an integral part of Project 424’s globally distributed team


19 September, 2018, London — Project 424 welcomes its first brand technology partners to the team as the development of the world’s first all-electric and autonomous Le Mans Prototype race car enters an exciting new phase of development.

The trio of new partners, Onshape, SimScale and migenius, will form an integral part of Project 424’s overall development through the provision of high-performance, cloud-based tools for the design, simulation and 3D prototype renderings of this unique Le Mans Prototype race car.

In a world-first for the motorsport and high-performance engineering industry, the entire design of the PERRINN Project 424 car is publicly accessible and available to view online through Onshape’s cloud CAD software. From this point, SimScale’s CAE cloud-based platform seamlessly integrates with Onshape to allow Project 424 to complete the design validation on every aspect of the race car, while migenius’ RealityServer for Onshape boasts the capability to generate hyper-realistic 3D renderings for virtual prototyping.

Screen Shot 2018-09-17 at 09.32.11.png

Nic Perrin, Project 424 founder, said: “At the heart of Project 424 is digital, decentralised collaboration with teams of people working towards their own goal — in this case,  making the world’s first all-electric Le Mans 24H race car with autonomous drive and machine learning. The digital transformation in design and engineering enables us to achieve a much faster rate of development on the car while controlling R&D costs.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Onshape, SimScale and migenius as they mirror the project’s openly accessible and collaborative values. Their services and contributions will be integral to the success of Project 424 and we are confident that the knowledge generated and shared will enable these innovative companies to use in developing even more of their own cutting-edge products.”

With Onshape headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and SimScale in Munich, Germany, migenius in Melbourne, Australia, Project 424 has the flexibility to develop the car within this global community at any time and place.

Jon Hirschtick, CEO and co-founder, Onshape, said: "PERRINN’s vision to bring teams together around open access design data is truly disruptive for the motorsport industry. We believe this is how globally distributed teams will work from now on, with access to up-to-date CAD data no longer being a barrier when using Onshape. Having PERRINN’s Project 424 car modeled and shared using Onshape is hugely rewarding for our team and we cannot wait to see this revolutionary vehicle on the racetrack."

LMP_CFD analysis with SimScale.jpg

David Heiny, CEO, SimScale, said: “Project 424 is an exciting endeavor as Nic is setting up a development process for a complex technical product starting from a clean sheet of paper. The Project 424 software stack will enable a decentralized team to seamlessly collaborate and take advantage of practically unlimited computing power. We're excited to contribute to the success of the project with cloud-based Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation!”

Paul Arden, CEO, migenius, said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the amazing Project 424. It really combines so many interesting technologies and processes that when Nic [Perrin] reached out to us about collaborating we just couldn't resist. The kind of decentralised design and development the project is pioneering is exactly where we envisioned our RealityServer photorealistic rendering technology being used. We have always been a cloud-first company and it has been great to work with a like-minded global team.”



For media enquiries please contact:

Ian Tonkin

Communications and Partnerships lead

+44 7510 399053



About Project 424

Founded in 2011 by former Formula 1 engineer Nic Perrin, Project 424 is the genesis project for the online communication platform. Project 424 aims to achieve the goal of racing at the Le Mans 24-hour race in an all-electric World Endurance prototype racing car with autonomous drive technology and machine learning. In a world-first, all the designs and future iterations of the car are, and will be, openly accessible by the public using Project 424’s cloud-based tools. Project 424 will address a number of future mobility challenges through the development work done by its network of professionals and brand partners through shared open access. It will also bring companies and industries together in today’s digital and technology led world. Visit for news, updates and further information.


About Onshape

Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock: the constant waiting, distractions, and hassles that prevent engineers from doing their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that is accessible on any device and never loses data. With no files to lose or corrupt, no license keys to manage, and no installed desktop software, Onshape helps engineering teams get out of the IT business so they can get back in the innovation business.

For more information, visit

 About SimScale

SimScale is a revolutionary cloud-based CAE platform that gives instant access to professional-grade computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation technology, helping engineers and designers to easily test performance, optimize durability or improve efficiency of their design. By harnessing the power of the cloud for simulation, SimScale is accessible from a standard web browser and from any computer, eliminating  the hurdles that accompany traditional simulation tools: high installation costs, licensing fees, deployment of high-performance computing hardware, and required updates and maintenance. Founded in 2012 in Munich, Germany, SimScale is an integral part of the design validation process for thousands of successful companies worldwide and over 150,000 individual users. For more information, visit

About migenius

Founded in 2010, migenius is an Australian company based in Melbourne that integrates Photorealistic 3D Rendering into your business. Bloom Unit is the first end user product created by migenius, bringing the power of Push Button Cloud Based, GPU accelerated rendering to Trimble SketchUp. migenius licenses the RealityServer platform and NVIDIA iray technology that underpin Bloom Unit to developers wishing to create their own services and products. Visit for more information.

Melissa Karadimos