Program Management

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Cayman is fully experienced in leading all aspects of comprehensive, OEM-level vehicle dynamics programs. We have created, implemented and delivered development programs from early prototype stages through engineering sign-off and the start of mass production and subsequent quality assurances. This expertise is also applicable to system or component development programs. Some key elements include:

Benchmarking of competitors: Subjective benchmarking via side-by-side evaluation drives and objective benchmarking through on-road testing (vehicle level), K&C testing (system level) and component testing if  more thorough analysis of a specific component is needed (i.e. Flat-Trac tire testing or shock dyno testing)

Vehicle Dynamics CAE Model Development:  Full-vehicle, multi-body CAE modeling optimizes basic vehicle-level dynamics trade-offs through changes to system- and component-level properties. Model development includes testing of surrogate components (i.e. bushings, tires, mounts) for input into the model and correlation of the model when representative hardware is available. Once correlated the model can then be used to reduce the development cycle time and cost.

Vehicle/Headcount/Equipment/Facilities Development Resource Plan:  The complex task of ensuring all resources are available at the proper times requires a complete resource plan for each stage of a development program. Key resources that define this plan include vehicle availability, proving ground availability, supplier lead times, expected weather, laboratory constraints and program timing milestones.

Engineering Verification and Sign-Off Planning:  Once all ride, steering, handling, braking and error state development is complete, final verification and sign-off testing is required to ensure the salability of the final vehicle. Typical examples include ensuring handling safety requirements are met, steering system integrity tests, wheel/tire damageability testing and any required FMVSS or other homologation testing.

Quality Assurance Metrics:  Once the vehicle is in full-scale production, metrics must be in place to ensure vehicle dynamics performance meets design intent. Examples include alignment capability, wheel/tire uniformity specifications and ride height setting capability.