Automotive Performance Solutions
Building New Ford GT40s with SOLIDWORKS
QUICKLY DEVELOPING QUALITY PARTS FOR AGELESS CLASSICUsing SOLIDWORKS Premium design and simulation tools, APS can more quickly and accurately design, validate, and fabricate new parts for its GT40 replicas, resulting in shorter design cycles, customizable designs, and improved build quality. “When you are designing automotive components for low-volume sports cars, you need flexibility without compromising quality,” Viduka says. “With the automation that SOLIDWORKS Premium software provides, we’ve cut our vehicle assembly cycle times nearly by half and improved quality along the way,” Viduka continues. “In fact, we can leverage the dynamic motion, interference detection, and FEA analysis tools of SOLIDWORKS Premium software to increase the assembly accuracy and meet our performance targets for both components and assemblies.”
SAVING TIME, REDUCING COSTSSOLIDWORKS Premium software also has enabled the low-volume replica car manufacturer to cut its development costs by 30 percent and car assembly time by 40 percent. “Because SOLIDWORKS Premium software allows us to design, validate, fabricate, and assemble our cars more quickly, we reduce labor time and associated costs,” Viduka stresses. “For example, our chassis are hand-built and riveted together,” Viduka adds. “Using the Hole Wizard in SOLIDWORKS, we don’t have to spend time measuring and indexing holes to space rivets and attachment points, as the software accurately enables tolerancing checks and uniform spacing of hole locations. Integrated simulation tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium also enable us to conduct the structural checks, such as natural frequency and fatigue analyses, that minimize prototype iterations.”
SUPPORTING AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING BUSINESSIn addition to helping APS streamline development and assembly of its Ford GT40 replicas, SOLIDWORKS Premium software provides the design and analysis tools that the company needs to support its automotive engineering consulting side of the business. “Our GT40 replicas are rolling business cards for our automotive engineering expertise,” Viduka points out. “We’ve completed consulting projects for General Motors, Ford, Kenworth, and several Chinese OEMS,” Viduka says. “SOLIDWORKS Premium provides us with the design and analysis tools that we need to complete consulting projects that require advanced package engineering, durability, and testing program support through specialized certification for modifying race and show cars for road use.”
Streamline the design and assembly of modern replicas of the classic Ford GT40 sports car while simultaneously supporting automotive engineering consulting.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software.
- Cut design cycles by 50 percent
- Reduced development costs by 30 percent
- Decreased assembly time by 40 percent
- Minimized design errors