In this day and age of advanced computer graphics and design, a prototype can be produced, tested and fine-tuned before it a sheet of metal is even laid down for manufacturing.
That’s exactly what Chevrolet during the pre-production of the all-new 2016 Camaro that is set to be unveiled on May 16 in Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.
The engineering team spent 9 million hours running the 2016 Camaro in a computer simulation, fine-tuning every detail before it was green-lighted for production.
This resulted in 28% more stiffness in the new model that allowed engineers to calibrate the steering and suspension systems and also to scale the size and mass of the wheels, tires and brakes.
“The modeling abilities of computer aided engineering are advancing at incredible rates. Today, we can accurately model opportunities to add torsional strength without adding unnecessary mass. The result is a lighter, stiffer structure that benefits every aspect of the driving experience,” said Jim Karlavage, Camaro program engineering manager.
“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight. The result is a more nimble driving experience that rewards the driver with satisfying feelings of responsiveness and control,” added Karlavage.