SEAT S.A. Technical Center and ESI Group Set New Car Development Standards

Groups work toward achieving 5-star safety rating with sustainable practices.

Groups work toward achieving 5-star safety rating with sustainable practices.

SEAT S.A. and ESI Group are partnering in leveraging advanced simulation technologies to lead SEAT’s global digital transformation. In line with the industry’s “clean, safe and productive” objective, the companies achieve best-in-class results: accelerated technological innovation while unlocking efficiency gains in new car development and reducing material costs, according to the companies.

During the development of their new CUPRA Formentor model, SEAT’s management shifted their processes and methodologies, leveraging the potential of numerical simulations and virtual reality, accelerating their Group’s overall core digital transformation. They have reduced physical test and prototypes while assuring a 5-star rating in the safety NCAP tests for their latest model. 

The team at SEAT designed, engineered, manufactured, assembled and tested the new Cupra Formentor vehicle concept virtually with results:

  • reduced testing costs, scrap and emissions; 
  • increased agility and fluidity; and 
  • safer operations with a focus on the well-being of workers and society. 

The Spanish OEM sets new benchmarks on the digital transformation journey within its Group by uniting all design and engineering activities for future SEAT vehicles in one virtual car prototype. This is the digital foundation that brings speed, confidence and sustainability throughout all development phases, according to the groups.

“Virtual prototyping is our gateway to meet SEAT’s high-quality indices quickly and profitably. ESI’s software and expertise in numerical simulation and material science bring us the freedom we need to reduce the emissions and scrap from formerly physical prototypes and testing vehicles and still achieving the 5-star EuroNCAP rating,” says Xavier Castillo, SEA/EK13 functional development CAE manager at SEAT.

“Helping SEAT achieve both its digital transformation and Green Deal Targets demonstrates our commitment to building the future of the automotive industry. Ultimately, we share the vision of sustainable product innovation and manufacturing processes with zero physical tests and prototypes. Partnering and developing solutions for Automotive players with such courageous and inspiring goals is fulfilling and extremely motivating for all our teams,” explains Cristel de Rouvray, CEO of ESI Group.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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