Developing vehicles for the road is a complex business and COLLINS LIMITED strives to make it easier. Whether you are from a small bespoke firm or a multinational, we have all the skills from holistic concept engineering to solving detail design problems in a constrained system. To give you the most from those solutions we provide simulation services in the well-established fields of CFD and FEA, as well as customised simulations for your suspension and body dynamics, electronics and control systems.
Be it your test mule or last year’s top-selling model, we can instrument it for on-track testing and log critical data on how the car is behaving. With post-run analysis we can verify its behaviour or attempt to identify the source of specific issues you are looking to resolve. Our clinical and data-driven development strategies seek to limit the fallibility of subjective testing while simultaneously being able to correlate subjective feedback back to measurable vehicle behaviour.
Powertrain systems present a myriad of design issues and compromises. Your system must start and run reliably in a wide variety of temperatures, altitudes and climates. It must provide the confidence and driveability a demanding customer needs to commit to a purchase. It must do all of this within stringent regulations on emissions, impact safety and now with the added complexity of hybrid energy recovery. Achieving all of these goals requires the advanced simulation and testing offered by COLLINS LIMITED. We believe in vehicle modelling and a model is not complete until it includes the influence of the drivetrain system and its control systems such as traction control or gear selection strategies. Proving these systems is only complete when a mule vehicle is built and tested on road and track, where we offer to close the design loop with planning and orchestration of tests.
More advanced in-office development demands more advanced facilities. Imagine your engineers in the comfort of their office able to engineer a new part and drive a virtual vehicle with its characteristics integrated into a real-time vehicle model. This represents not only a saving in time and cost, but allows a real opportunity to test ‘logical conclusion’ ideas that may not presently be feasible. In addition to that is the ability to develop more powerful insights into how a complete system operates with the component parts it is built from. COLLINS LIMITED has a wealth of knowledge on the development of real-time simulators, both hardware and software and with motion platforms for realistic driver feedback.
The focus on low-emissions vehicles in this industry is becoming critical and COLLINS LIMITED has the experience you need to ensure the vehicle you develop will put as little energy into the oncoming air as possible. Minimising drag and developing a steady, lift-neutral car are important. At several stages in your conceptual and styling phase, COLLINS LIMITED can offer its services to ensure your designs stay on the right track to meet your goals. We can offer a consulting service for the aerodynamic layout of your new vehicle, digitally evaluate your design with simulation or run your vehicle in a full-scale wind tunnel. The models can come from initial artist’s models or we can 3D scan your clay work, whichever work flow suits your design strategy the best.
Designing a new vehicle is really the broadest challenge in automotive. It involves bringing together all of the parts of your operation from its historic identity, customer expectation, markets and regulations, styling considerations, before even touching on the technical complexity involved. COLLINS LIMITED engineers are experienced with the conceptual design of vehicles, starting from high concepts and ideas and includes our ability to provide detailed reverse engineering of competitor products. Once a platform emerges that will satisfy all of the design goals, our engineers can begin to flesh out the details of the vehicle, working toward a solution that can see work on the test track. This process involves integration and iteration with our simulation capabilities to arrive at the best possible solution with as little rework as possible. While we offer these services completely, we understand your team will have the intimate experience of your own platform and the existing skills that need not be duplicated. We can integrate with your team and simply augment the skill set you have reared.
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