We went on the road to get experience. For 5 days, 5 motorhomes and 1 camper was home to 13 designers.
We were extremely interested to see how practical our vehicles are. How is life in the vans we have designed? How is cooking, showering, relaxing? What can you store where in the vehicle?
How can the vehicles be loaded with cargo? How is maneuvering with such large motorhomes? How clear is the cockpit?
The overarching question was:
What can we improve in the next projects?
The investment in a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) system will from now on make it possible for us to optimize exterior design models in terms of aerodynamics in the virtual wind tunnel.
In the age of constantly increasing energy prices, low consumption of a vehicle becomes more and more important. With large vehicles in particular, we see huge potential for improving aerodynamics. Trials on current vehicles show that we can reduce fuel consumption by 20% by improving aerodynamics. Wind noises are also noticeably reduced. Soiling effects in the vehicle stern can also be improved.
Thanks to our CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) system, a virtual wind tunnel is now available to us which can use to test and improve our exterior designs concerning optimal aerodynamics. Using different graphics, we can visualize results or use animations to get a very precise understanding of aerodynamic effects on the model.
Finally it was time to move into the new space.
The Offenbach space has gotten much too small and connection to the highway is very poor. We are happy to announce that the construction of the office building was completed this summer and we can move into the large, bright office space. State-of-the-art infrastructure and a spatial layout specially adapted to our needs will allow us to work more productively and also offer room for future growth.