Turkish joint-venture company Togg has appointed British automotive testing services provider Horiba MIRA to consult on the development of its new electric SUV. Unveiled last year, the SUV is one of two electric vehicles that will be produced by the OEM, the other being a C-segment sedan.
Horiba MIRA will work with Togg to guide the design and engineering of the showpiece SUV’s suspension system and associated chassis performance attributes. Overall, Horiba MIRA will be responsible for the car’s driving dynamics, NVH and durability, and will provide testing expertise on the validation of the first prototypes from its UK base in Nuneaton. Horiba MIRA will also give guidance on the platform’s functional safety requirements to ensure it is in line with ISO 26262 in terms of all safety-critical elements.
The two automotive developers will work closely with the other engineering partners to integrate these aspects with the rest of the vehicle’s systems.
Metin Sancar, R&D director at Togg, said, “Togg and Horiba MIRA have been in close collaboration to develop a state-of-the-art chassis system that will have the ideal balance between driving performance, comfort and cost. By fully leveraging the know-how in both teams as well as advanced simulation techniques, we aim to significantly reduce the development and testing duration by evaluating the potential technical bottlenecks way before the first physical prototype is established.”
Graeme Stewart, Horiba MIRA’s chief technical officer, commented, “We are delighted to have been selected by Togg as a trusted partner in jointly developing the chassis system of this pioneering vehicle for the Turkish and European markets. For automotive startups and established OEMs, there are numerous challenges associated with developing an electric vehicle – from new propulsion technology to advanced assistance systems. We will leverage our long history of supporting our global customers in the development of innovative and class-leading vehicles to deliver a great solution for Togg.
“The industry is wrestling to reduce time-to-market, program risk and cost. This is driving an increase in the reliance on virtual development as an enabler to save months from the program duration, by reducing physical development and decreasing the number of expensive prototypes. To deliver these benefits, at Horiba MIRA we have developed engineering solutions using advanced simulation techniques, complemented by our broad engineering capabilities and state-of-the-art facilities, which accelerate virtual development activities in advance of physical prototypes,” he concluded.
Production of Togg’s all-electric SUV is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.