In the midst of constant media reminders about how tough times are, it’s difficult not to be at least a little gloomy about the prospects for the engineering business as a whole. This magazine is designed to provide an antidote to the doom and gloom showing that, not only is the CAE business as buoyant as ever, but that simulation is becoming even more pervasive, being used at every stage of the engineering process, and penetrating all levels of industry. This magazine contains stories that demonstrate how CFD is being used for everything from student motorsport design to the historical analysis of long forgotten race cars, in each case demonstrating that serious engineering analysis can be performed using very limited resources. Just a few years ago this would have been unthinkable. Serious vehicle aerodynamic simulation was the sole preserve of race-car manufacturers and OEMs, each of whom would employ large teams of dedicated specialists working a cluster of machines around the clock to churn out timely engineering data capable of positively influencing the vehicle design. A thumb through these pages, or a visit to one of our upcoming webinars, seminars or STAR conferences should help to convince you that automation really is the future of Computer Aided Engineering, and that no company is better placed to provide you with the necessary tools than CD-adapco.