What’s happening right now?
Between December and January, final designs and drawings are released. Once the designers have finished, the manufacturing departments get to work making and testing the parts.
“There are literally thousands and thousands of components arriving, going through inspection and levels of testing,” explains Rob. “Then they’re built into various sub-assemblies for the Test and Development department, who’ll put them through tests for fatigue, reliability and performance.”
Parts will often be inspected and tested in smaller component form on bespoke rigs or non-destructive testing, such as ultrasound or X-ray. That’s before they are put into larger assemblies and undergo bigger tests to see how they perform.
“Two of the bigger tests are the front 12 axis and rear 12 axis tests, where you take the whole front of the car, the suspension, axles, uprights, build them up and put them through tests that replicate different tracks and conditions,” says Rob.
“These are to test the car structurally and we learn a lot from it. Does the part fatigue, is it doing what we want?”
This stage of the year is about the manufacturing and testing areas, across aerodynamic, structural and internal parts. We want to ensure everything’s ready to go for launch and the first test.