VI-gradeis the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation. Together with a network of selected partners, VI-grade also provides revolutionary turn-key solutions for static and dynamic driving simulation.
Established in 2005, VI-grade delivers innovative solutions to streamline the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, mainly automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railways. With office locations in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, UK, Japan, China, and the USA, and a worldwide channel network of more than 20 trusted partners, VI-grade is a dynamic and growing company with a highly skilled technical team.
Since 2018, VI-grade is part of Spectris plc, the expert in providing insight through precision measurement. Spectris’ global group of businesses are focused on delivering value beyond measure for all our stakeholders. We target global, attractive and sustainable markets, where growth and high returns are supported by long-term drivers. Precision is at the heart of what we do. We provide customers with expert insight through our advanced instruments and test equipment, augmented by the power of our software and services. This equips customers with the ability to reduce time to market, improve processes, quality and yield. In this way, Spectris know-how creates value for our wider society, as our customers design, develop, test and manufacture their products to make the world a cleaner, healthier and more productive place. Spectris is headquartered in Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom, the Company employs approximately 9,000 people located in more than 30 countries.
Maserati hosts winners of 2019 VI-grade’s Virtual Formula at brand-new Innovation Lab in Modena
More than 100 attendees at first Japan VI-grade Users Conference in Shinagawa
Numerous driving simulator labs equipped with VI-grade technologies are opened: Envision Virgin Racing, Applus+ IDIADA, FCA, Maserati
Driving simulators become a critical tool in Formula E: the 3 winning teams of the 5th FoE championship are using VI-grade simulator technology
VI-grade and Multimatic announce SimCenter, an advanced vehicle development and driving simulation center to be located in the greater Detroit area
More than 240 engineers, managers and simulation experts attend the 11th VI-grade International Conference in Hanau, Germany
VI-grade collaborates with Konrad Technologies presenting a new testing method, driver in the Loop with Sensor Fusion Test, at the Testing Expo shows in Europe and USA
VI-grade becomes part of Spectris – an internationally operating and leading conglomerate in the technology sector
First two installations of DiM250 dynamic driving simulator provided to Honda R&D and Mercedes AMG
More than 230 engineers, managers and simulation experts from throughout the world attend the 10th VI-grade Users conference in Milan, Italy
Completed installation of the dynamic driving simulator DiM150 at the Audi Motorsport site in Neuburg, Germany
over 100 Motorsport enthusiastic (engineering) students participate in the Virtual Formula – VI-grade's unique student competition built upon the rules of the popular Formula Student
Honda R&D is the first company in the world to adopt DiM250, the revolutionary driving simulator from VI-grade and Saginomiya
Our Users Conference in Turin, Italy marks the record attendance of 200+ participants
Major release of version 18.0 of real-time and vertical products
Signed partnership with Applus+ Idiada to deliver virtual proving ground data for offline and online simulations
DiM150 successfully installed at NIO in China and FCA LATAM in Brazil
Reached the number of 40 VI-grade driving simulators worldwide (static and dynamic)
Sponsorship agreements signed with 30 leading universities and Formula SAE teams
Technical partner Danisi Engineering opens Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Center featuring static and dynamic simulators from VI-grade
FCA Latam and PUC Minas adopt DiM as first dynamic driving simulator ever installed in Latin America
NIO (former NextEV) installs DiM as key solution for the development of new electric cars
MRacing Formula SAE Team adopts the VI-DriveSim technology
Showa Corporation implements a top-notch steering simulator based on VI-grade technology
V17 of realtime products released in Q2
Completed installation of DiM at Volvo Car Corporation
Installations of DiM at Volvo Cars and Porsche Motorsports
"DiM - Driver-in-Motion" awarded "Development Tool of the Year" by the Vehicle Dynamics International magazine
Added new reseller in India
Added new direct office in US and Switzerland
First successful installation of DiM at Ferrari
Version 15.0 of main products released in Q2
Strategic development partnership with MIRA announced
Added new resellers in China
Added new direct offices in China and UK
Added new resellers in South Africa and China
Version 14.0 of main products released in Q2
Signed distribution agreement with Red Cedar Technology to market the Heeds product in UK
Added new reseller for France
Launched VI-SimCenter, the brand new technical center dedicated to the state-of-the-art of driving simulation technology
Successful 4th edition of the VI-grade Users Conference in Udine, Italy with over 130 industry experts attending the event
Partnership with Maplesoft to make real-time modeling applications more cost and time-effective
Partnership with Multimatic to further develop the VI-DriveSim Dynamic technology
Added new resellers for Taiwan and Australia
Great success of 2nd Edition of Virtual Formula, with 66 participants from all over the world
Version 13.0 of the entire product suite released in Q3
3rd VI-grade Users Conference organized in Bad Nauheim, Germany, with over 120 industry experts attending the event
Release of VI-DriveSim, the revolutionary turnkey solution for system-level driving simulation
Added new resellers for China, Benelux and Brazil
Successfully launched 1st Edition of Virtual Formula, an initiative to virtually simulate FSAE vehicles in VI-CarRealTime
Version 12.0 of the entire product suite released in June
Signed Agreement with FEV for the distribution of Virtual Engine in EMEA and APAC
Version 11.0 of the entire product suite released in February.
Joint development of driving simulator with human in the loop with the Universities of Catania and Perugia.
Introduction of VI-Animator, a tool to visualize simulation results.
In November 2008 the 2nd VI-grade Users Conference was organized in Udine, Italy. Over 120 industry experts attended the conference and made this event a big success for VI-grade. Read more ...
In 2007 Vi-grade established an international partner network in 10 countries.
Version 10.0 of the entire product suite released.
Introduction of VI-Road, a tool to model road surfaces and to create driverlines.
Development of new driver technology for maximum performance simulations with Audi.
In November 2007 the 1st VI-grade Users Conference was organized in Marburg, Germany. Over 100 industry experts from 52 companies attended the conference and made this event a big success for VI-grade. Read more ...
Diego Minen and Christoph Ortmann joined the company as shareholders.
Direct offices were established in Italy, United States of America and Japan.
First release of industry specific MSC.ADAMS verticals under the VI-grade Umbrella.
VI-grade became MSC.Software agent for DACH, Italy and North America.
VI-grade was founded in October 2005 by Jürgen Fett and Ruggero Frezza.