TEST & DEVELOPMENT
Once we have designed and created the car we carry out an extensive test and development programme both to optimise performance and to identify any reliability issues.
Once the first car is finished it is just the start of the second phase of the programme, testing and performance development. Depending on the programme, this can be anywhere between a few months up to more than a year. It is crucial as this step ensures the car's performance is maximised and the reliability optimised.
Thanks to our decades of competing at the highest levels of motorsport in nearly every race and rally series, we have built up comprehensive empirical data and knowledge against which we can benchmark the performance of a car. Our experience means we know which aspects of the car to focus the attention to achieve the best results against any available budget.
Once the first test car is built it is important that we get as much mileage on the vehicle as possible, in order to identify any particular issues that we can redress long before we go racing properly. At Le Mans for example, the cars are racing flat-out, non-stop for 24 hours which can expose any frailties in a car. As a result we can conduct up to 36 hours of continuous testing, day and night pounding around an empty circuit.
One of the most crucial aspects of the development programme is ensuring the tyres are working in harmony with the car. In many series, the tyres are controlled, (the same for all teams) so finding a way both to optimise grip and minimise tyre wear through the set-up of the car is crucial. In non-control series, we work closely with tyre manufacturers like Michelin, to develop compounds and tyre structures that work best with our cars.