The simulator allows extremely early stage development work on high speed stability, balance and individual drive mode settings, and gives more freedom to innovate in the concept development phase and shortens the development time. It offers virtual environments of Nürburgring as well as test tracks at Volvo Cars’ own testing facility in Sweden. The use of simulation means that settings can be rapidly tested combining the experiential judgment of a real driver and computer-aided objective data analysis. It provides the opportunity to physically experience the calculation models and evaluate them using human test drivers, rather than relying on graphs and numbers in a meeting room. This ultimately refines the entire driving experience, making it more responsive, rewarding and enjoyable; delivering full control, ease and dexterity at the wheel.
Volvo Cars has made substantial investments in R&D facilities and product components in recent times. The new scalable product architecture (SPA) which is a modular powertrain program and the latest chassis components are the starting point.