What we do
The demands of our customers have never been greater. Competition in the automotive sector is fierce and, in order to be amongst the leaders, our capabilities, in terms of the experience of our engineers, our design and analysis tools and methodologies and the testing equipment at our disposal have to be second to none. The Chassis team, comprising highly qualified engineers in both the UK and China have access to such facilities in both countries, so if a task cannot be completed in one country, it almost certainly can in the other.
The Chassis department has the responsibility of delivering world class suspension, steering, brakes and controls, fuel systems, engine mounting systems and wheels\tyres primarily for the Chinese market though increasingly for the European market and other key markets around the world. Vehicles recently launched into these markets have received considerable acclaim for their chassis performance.
For Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), we use industry leading Catia design software. MSC ADAMS and CarSim software is used for handling and durability analysis. These tools are used to help define the initial concept and create component specifications for new vehicles and architectures when more than one vehicle is spawned from the same basic design. Performance measurements are made using Racelogic equipment, allowing us to benchmark our vehicles against the competition and set demanding targets for performance, weight, efficiency, environmental impact and cost for our new products. Design concepts evolve into full production designs with the assistance and collaboration of our component suppliers.
Finally, our vastly experienced ride and handling engineers fine tune the adjustable chassis systems, including the Power Assisted Steering, springs and dampers, anti-roll bars, mounts and bushes and slip control algorithms to ensure the finest possible vehicle ride and handling, with test work carried out at specific tracks that comprehensively test and expose the vehicle to all kinds of driving and climatic conditions, in locations including the UK, Northern Sweden, the Nurburgring and the Alps.
Many of the attributes of today’s vehicle chassis are taken for granted. Safe, consistent handling, freedom from vibration and harshness, durability, quietness must all meet very high customer expectations as a minimum and this in itself involves a considerable level of advanced engineering. On top of this, the chassis must delight – it must be fun and involving to drive, particularly if the vehicle wears the famous MG Octagon badge and it must do so at an affordable cost.
The feedback that we are getting from the automotive press suggests that though expectations run high, we are succeeding in delivering what the buying public want.