Delta Motorsport has revealed the Delta S2 flexible vehicle platform, an autonomous-capable electric vehicle test bed. The platform comprises an aluminium skateboard-style chassis that enables flexibility in terms of vehicle length, width, ride height and wheelbase. Delta S2 also features a flexible platform master controller (PMC), which enables rapid and low-risk development of new vehicle configurations.
The PMC accommodates what Delta Motorsport describes as an “almost infinite” range of drive, steering and braking system configurations, also taking control of interfaces with the battery system, charger and all other ancillary high-voltage components. Integrated within the PMC is Delta’s vehicle dynamics control system, which offers features ranging from simple traction control up to electronic stability programme (ESP) capability.
“Many companies are developing the artificial intelligence required for autonomous vehicles, but they do not necessarily have a vehicle capable of delivering their vision,” says Simon Dowson managing director of Delta Motorsport, based in Silverstone, UK. “The flexibility of the S2 chassis and the integration of the platform master controller allows the delivery of multiple configurations quickly and at low cost.”