onescomplement writes: "Formula One, in a probably vain attempt to contain costs, has partnered with McLaren and Microsoft for a standard Engine Control Unit. Orignally this was meant to control "driver aids" such as traction and skid control but the regulating organization figured out that it was folly to try to figure out whether the system was being gamed. (Can you say obscured code? Sure, I knew you could.)
One comment I found kind of hilarious was that "...There is a huge engineering community in motorsport and the way they look at data is all built on the products that sit on PCs. Most of those PCs are running core infrastructure that comes from Microsoft. In motorsport you operate as close to the boundaries as you are comfortable doing. Getting close to Microsoft allows you to push those boundaries in that area."