Major European tire supplier collaborates with VI-grade to support integration and use of proprietary tire model for offline and online simulations
Marburg, May 29, 2018 – VI-grade today announced its collaboration with leading European tire manufacturer Michelin. The cooperation aims at integrating TameTire®, a thermomechanical simulator developed by Michelin on the basis of tire physics which is unique on the market, with VI-CarRealTime, VI-grade’s flagship product for real-time automotive simulations.
Tire modeling is an ever-growing field of interest for vehicles. This is because ever more efficient development processes in terms of time and resources are required, and vehicle simulations enable development teams to predict tire and vehicle performance before building a physical prototype. For this reason, Michelin has developed TameTire® on the basis of its motor sports research. The objective is to calculate a tire's thermal and transient state as well as its forces and torques in both offline and online real-time environments. Additionally, in order to better develop and fine-tune the functionalities of TameTire®, Michelin has acquired a static driving simulator from VI-grade and installed it at its premises in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
“The possibility of utilizing TameTire® and VI-CarRealTime together will satisfy the needs of our customers for reliable vehicle models and accurate tire models,” say Guido Bairati, International Sales Director, VI-grade, and Mathieu Grob, TameTire and Driving Simulator Expert, Michelin. “As a result of this extended cooperation, Michelin and VI-grade are looking forward to delivering an advanced simulation solution to our customers with the aim of further improving the accuracy and completeness of our real-time automotive models.”