MIRA has an in depth understanding of what is required to deliver a vehicle from concept through to production, independently offering an automotive development capability comparable with that of most OEMs.
We deliver complex solutions to customer specifications in all areas of vehicle engineering including design for assembly (DFA) and design for manufacture (DFM).
Our expertise includes:
MIRA’s aerodynamics team use state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation techniques to deliver substantial aerodynamic drag savings on a wide range of vehicles from motorcycles, passenger cars and trucks through to land-speed record breaking concepts.
MIRA has a mature flexible process covering all elements for automotive software development.
MIRA has been assessed against ISO9001:2000 and ISO TR15497 (the MISRA "Development guidelines for vehicle based software", a safety standard for automotive software).
MIRA has developed a world class independent brake development, test and certification team to support the global automotive market. MIRA’s braking team have ISO17025 accreditation and are an appointed technical Service for EEC/ECE braking legislation for all vehicle categories which now encompasses brake assist (BAS).
MIRA has solid electrical system design expertise when it comes to electrical system integration for automotive vehicles. There are few if any establishments that can offer such a comprehensive suite of engineering and test capabilities in this market.
MIRA is a compatibility (EMC) full service provider to the automotive market. We provide EMC engineering and test support to all of the major global vehicle manufacturers. Our test procedures provide truly realistic drive profiles, such as offering realistic ABS testing on a twin axle rolling road.
Our engineers support all aspects of EMC design and programme management support, either at MIRA or at your premises.
MIRA has many years of experience in the field of testing HVAC and Powertrain Cooling Systems. Back in 1993 MIRA opened its first Climatic Wind Tunnel and more recently opened a second larger facility which was added to extend the growing demand in MIRAs thermal management capabilities, this second facility allows for the testing of off-road, truck, coach and large military vehicles.
When carrying out durability design & development projects the accurate determination of the durability targets for vehicles is essential. MIRA’s experience provides an excellent service to the industry termed Integrated Durability Engineering (IDE).
MIRA’s extensive knowledge of NVH issues mean our NVH team can confidently tackle any challenge. Our expert engineers can rely on well-proven techniques, or come up with a bespoke solutions to meet your NVH requirements.
Safety Development at MIRA integrates state of the art test facilities with engineering expertise, which allows us to deliver the very best services for the automotive, rail, aerospace and military sectors.
MIRA’s capabilities for seat development combine the expertise and experience gained through many successful automotive and rail seat programmes. MIRA has one of the world’s most comprehensive suites of vehicle seat development facilities.
MIRA has many years of experience in vehicle thermal management, the company being the first in the UK to build and operate a climatic wind tunnel. Indeed, a second larger facility has been added to extend the growing demand in MIRAs thermal management capabilities into larger vehicles, such as off-road, truck and large military.
MIRA’s Vehicle Dynamics team has decades of experience in developing new suspension and steering designs into class leading vehicles for the world’s OEMs. Supported by the best laboratory facilities, software tools and proving ground tracks, MIRA’s Vehicle Dynamics team can ensure that the client’s targets are met.
MIRA has extensive capability in all aspects of electronic system integration and development of electronic and control systems. We have extensive knowledge of safety of electronic and control systems and MIRA is a leader in functional safety development and testing in the automotive industry.
Alongside MIRA’s dynamic and durability test facilities our Body Structures Laboratory conducts testing for all aspects of safety and development for vehicle seating.
MIRA's noise vibration and harshness (NVH) department has always been leading the way in solving our customers problems. The latest innovation to help us do this is a Brüel & Kjær NVH vehicle noise simulator which allows you to drive a virtual vehicle in a realistic environment.
MIRA's combined environment facilities enable tests combining cyclic temperature, humidity, solar loading and shock/vibration to be run according to a customer’s exact requirements.
Over 50 years of involvement in crash testing and research has enabled MIRA to become a centre of excellence in safety development.
Working with customers from all around the world we are able to deliver all types of crash testing and supporting services to meet and certify to Euro NCAP, European, U.S and other worldwide safety standards.
The Components test lab is equipped with a vast range of test equipment to assess the performance of your product. Our aim is to provide rigorous assessment, of the fitness for purpose of the product, over its intended lifetime.
MIRA Component and sub-system testing facilities are accredited for all major vehicle manufacturers test schedules through the automotive EMC laboratory recognition program (AEMCLERP) as well as all the automotive directives.
MIRA EMC Engineering is an accredited facility to a ISO17025 standard via UKAS. Our vehicle test facilities are approved for all major vehicle manufacturers test schedules through the Automotive EMC Laboratory Recognition Program (AEMCLERP) as well as being an NPIA approved test facility.
MIRA’s Engine Noise Test Cell (ENTC) allows an engine to be run in a semi-anechoic environment under the same conditions (speed, load, temperatures) as it would experience in a vehicle. This enables noise and vibration measurements to be carried out on and around the engine that would not be possible in the vehicle due to space in a typical engine-bay.
MIRA’s external crash site is 30,000m2 in size with scope for extensive civil engineering installations. The crash site gives MIRA the ability to test high energy impacts or tests that cannot be carried out within an enclosed crash laboratory environment
The HyGe sled facility is a key part of MIRA’s safety offering. It provides safety related testing services to numerous worldwide customers across an ever increasing range of sectors.
The Kinematics and Compliance (K&C) Facility at MIRA is now well established as the only twin axle SPMM (Suspension Parameter Measuring Machine) in the UK and is still the benchmark design for such rigs. More than 1200 vehicles have been tested in over 15 years, ranging from F1 cars to minibuses.
MIRA’s pedestrian test capability has been continuously developed over 15 years to give a high-quality service and rapid turnaround. With experienced staff, a fully climate controlled laboratory, dedicated instrumentation and high-speed video equipment, it provides a complete service.
MIRA’s proving ground is one the largest, most comprehensively specified and truly independent automotive proving grounds in the world. Located in the Midlands, at the heart of the UK Automotive cluster, MIRA offers every kind of global driving challenge from one location in complete safety and security.
The Vehicle Semi Anechoic Chassis Dynamometer (VSACD) is used for interior and exterior noise testing. The semi anechoic property of the facility replicates a free field environment allowing testing to be conducted in a controlled and repeatable environment, eliminating the influence of ambient weather conditions.
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