Bringing simulation technology to mainstream automotive design

5th May 2015
Jordan Mulcare

A technical agreement to bring simulators and associated technology to the global automotive market has been annouced from McLaren Applied Technologies (M.A.T.) and MTS Systems. Under the terms of the agreement, M.A.T. and MTS will create and deliver a next-gen Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS), which uses a tightly integrated ‘driver-in-the-loop’ system for engineering the development of road cars.

The technology allows engineers to virtually test a conceptual vehicle design in multiple environments and scenarios, prior to the vehicle actually being produced. The VDS is specifically geared toward commercial road car development and will be tailored to the individual needs of each client. The technology can be experienced at the McLaren Technology Centre, with a further simulator available to test by prospective customers in 2016.

Geoff McGrath, Vice President, M.A.T., said: “By combining McLaren’s vehicle modelling expertise and simulator technology with MTS’ experience in testing and simulation solutions, we hope to revolutionise mainstream car development on a global scale.

“McLaren has long been aware of the advantages of simulated vehicle design, including quicker speed to market, less reliance on the development of physical prototypes and reduced environmental impact. These benefits are increasingly pertinent to vehicle manufacturers as legal requirements grow and customers’ tastes become ever more exacting. It has never been more complex or costly to bring a road car from initial design to the showroom.

“The simulators and associated technologies developed by M.A.T. and MTS deliver unique advantages because they are built on the ‘driver-in-the-loop’ model. The driver is immersed into a complex simulation of a car, which enables accurate, human feedback to the vehicle engineering team. Car set-up can then be changed and further tests conducted immediately.”

“MTS is very excited about this agreement and the opportunities it presents for both organisations,” stated Dr. Bill Bachrach, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MTS Test. “Our leading–edge technology and expertise in real-world simulation, when paired with McLaren’s simulation and vehicle design excellence, brings a game-changing solution to automotive OEMs around the world.”

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