Volvo is showing its continued commitment to the advancement of technology by investing in a new chassis simulator. Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President in Research & Development at Volvo Cars, recently commented, ‘We are making substantial investments in people, technology and facilities in order to redefine the Volvo driving experience. Our aim is to deliver full control, ease and dexterity at the wheel. We will improve drivability across the entire Volvo Cars range.’
To significantly aid its design and development, Volvo can now proudly stake its claim as the first car maker within the mass market sector to purchase the world’s most advanced Vi-Grade chassis simulator, which has virtual test tracks such as Nürburgring and Volvo's top secret testing facility in Sweden.
The chassis will help make the next generation of Volvos the best yet, as Dr Peter Mertens explains: ‘We have made some critical investments both in terms of our R&D facilities and in our product components in recent times that are now beginning to pay dividends. Our completely new scalable product architecture (SPA), our modular powertrain programme and the latest chassis components are the starting point.’
In broader terms, the chassis will mean that Volvo will be able to undertake very early stage development work on responsiveness, high-speed stability, individual drive mode and balance.
Stefan Karlsson, Vehicle Dynamics Manager at Volvo Car Group comments, ‘The beauty of the new simulator is that it provides us with the opportunity to physically experience the calculation models and evaluate them using human test drivers, rather than staring at graphs and numbers in a meeting room. This is further testament to our commitment to human centric development and a cornerstone of developing a driving experience that is truly Designed Around You.’