Jaguar has revealed that during development of the new F-Pace, a particular focus was placed on ride and handling. “We haven’t made any compromises or exceptions: the new F-Pace had to be a true Jaguar and had to deliver the dynamics DNA,” said Mike Cross, chief engineer of vehicle integrity at Jaguar.
“We’ve tested ride and handling to the limit in all environments and in all conditions, and the result is that the new F-Pace is as engaging and rewarding to drive as it is comfortable and quiet. As soon as you get into the vehicle you know immediately that it’s a good place to be.”
At Jaguar, to make development and testing even more efficient, the vehicle integrity team’s subjective assessments are fed back into the CAE tools used by the vehicle dynamics CAE team. This improves the models and therefore delivers even better simulation results – and vice-versa. This iterative loop of continuous improvement ensures that prototype vehicles are ever better, benefiting the tuning and assessment process.