A major contributing factor towards the success of the 2012 BTCC Honda Civic was input from world renowned vehicle engineering consultancy MIRA. For over five years MIRA’s engineering experts have worked closely alongside Team Dynamics to develop some of the best touring cars that the sport has ever seen.
This season MIRA carried out a comprehensive range of aerodynamic design and optimisation, chassis development and roll cage certification work on the Civic, with the aim of producing a third successive Teams’ Championship winning vehicle.
As the sole provider of roll cage approval via simulation in the UK, MIRA has carried out FIA approved ROPS (Roll Over Protection System) design, simulation and physical test work on Team Dynamics’ championship winning Honda Civic touring cars since 2005. Before the start of the 2012 season, MIRA’s specialist certification engineers conducted simulation testing on the 2012 car, which involved building a finite element (FE) model from supplied CAD data before carrying out testing to FIA Article 253.
MIRA’s vehicle dynamicists were also consulted by Team Dynamics in the build-up to the 2012 BTCC season. By utilising the only twin axle kinematics and compliance (K&C) testing facility in the UK – the same rig used by eight of the current Formula 1 teams – the 2012 BTCC Champions were able to benefit from a full suite of K&C testing over a two day period. By working closely with team engineers and technicians, MIRA’s highly experienced staff carried out a variety of standard and fully customised suspension tests to a set of exacting standards. This involved altering the configuration of a variety of components on the vehicle in order to measure their contribution to overall performance and determining the range of K&C characteristics available to them.