Car Testing

Do you ever wonder how that whole car testing thing works? How they get their parts to be as good as they are? Or even how they prevent their cars from getting thrown into auto wrecking yards as soon as they come out? I do .. hopefully I’m not the only one who thinks about that.

What I think is interesting is that cars go to so many extremes in order to keep a lid on those advancements before they’re even thought about being made to the public. To make sure that the different cars live up to the customer’s expectations and beyond, the different manufacturers will test their vehicles in different types of environments. While much of the testing on the car’s Brakes and other parts can be done on closed tracks, all of the real-world car testing needs to be done in real-world situations .. this is all to make sure that your car doesn’t end up in different auto wrecking yards as soon as you get it.

By the different data that they combine from the testing on the track and the testing that they did in the “real-world”, they can use that same data to make a car that will satisfy customers, satisfy the market, and keep the vehicle out of auto wrecking yards - somewhere they really don’t belong.

When you have a car, you want to make sure that it’s taken care of as best as possible. When it comes to car-testing, you can say that it’s the complete opposite. The manufacturers will make it as best as possible, run it into a wall, then fix what they think needs to be improved. They need to fix them before they sell them and before drivers have this problem themselves. When they think that they’ve fixed everything that needs to be fixed, they’ll then give the vehicle to specific media outlets in order to get their impression on the vehicle and to create the buzz.

Since there’s so many different car makers out there, there is bound to be some competition. This is why different manufacturers have adopted a policy of peaceful coexistence at testing areas. It’s called the "gentlemen's agreements" and it basically means to not harass one another or to record the different specifications of competitors' vehicles.

Here are the main questions that the different automakers will ask themselves when testing a car:

1. Is it noisy inside the cabin? Is there too much noise coming from the engine?
2. Is there too much noise when the tires are making contact with the pavement?
3. Are the Brakes too noisy?
4. What is the vibration level at different speeds?
5. Do the air and heater kick in fast enough?
6. How is the car working in different extreme conditions that it’s put in?
7. Are our standards met for how neat and precise the fine details on the car are?

There’s so many more questions, but I think that this covers most of it.

Depending on what needs to get fixed, sometimes, the engineers can make the changes right on the spot. In different cases, usually it takes some time to think before any changes are made. In order to be positive that the whole testing process is on schedule and STAYS on schedule, the manufacturers will make multiple "test mules” (pre-production cars) for testing. Because of this, the different multiple systems can be designed and experimented all at once.

Do you think your car & Brakes were tested right? You’re not taking it to one of your auto wrecking yards any time soon?