The Technical Development division of AUDI AG has its headquarters in Ingolstadt. Around 9,000 employees work at the approximately 33.5-hectare Technical Development complex, with an additional 1,700 employees in Neckarsulm. The Audi Group also has additional development centers in Győr (Hungary), Beijing (China) and San José Chiapa (Mexico). The designers, engineers and technicians in Technical Development bring the brand claim “Vorsprung durch Technik” to life throughout the entire product creation process – from design, new vehicle concepts and the development of engines and transmissions to the electrification of powertrains, electrical and electronic development and the development of car bodies and suspensions. Interdepartmental collaboration facilitates customer-focused solutions for strategic fields of innovation, such as urbanization, digitalization and sustainable premium mobility.
- Enhancing connected collaboration: 450 employees from Development, Model Series and Procurement work at the SE Forum (Simultaneous Engineering) with the task of shaping the automotive future. They use simultaneous engineering to shorten the development cycle for new models.
- The Lighting Assistance Center, a very large light testing tunnel which cars can drive into, is located in the basement of the SE Forum. From xenon plus headlights to matrix LED headlights and laser lights, Audi has been bringing pioneering innovations into production for 20 years.
- Put to the test: The Acoustics, Performance, Mechanical Engineering, Material Strength and Corrosion departments work at the Physics Center. Suspension Development inaugurated the new Tank Technical Center in 2015. Test routes worldwide are reproducibly recreated in the newly established laboratory environment. Work is also done on fuel, natural-gas and SCR systems. The building houses a laboratory for the “HiL test beds” for suspension electronics, motion test beds with environmental simulation as well as climate, cold and acoustics chambers.
- Electronics? – Check! The Electronics Center features a wide variety of measuring and testing equipment for vehicles. This is also the place for all aspects of in-car digitalization and connectivity.
- New design center: Audi has developed a new, innovative design process which combines the advantages of state-of-the-art 3D visualization with the strengths of classic model-making craftsmanship – a digital design workshop is located at the Ingolstadt site. Around 600 employees from the areas of Design, Geometric Modeling and Pre-Development work in an area of 37,180 square meters (400,202.2 sq ft).
- “Get in” a virtual Audi: In the Design Check department, vehicle models can be viewed realistically and with accurate details in virtual reality (VR) studios before they are ever built.
- Ready for any weather: At the Engine Center, exhaust emissions and fuel consumption are measured under various climatic conditions. In addition to this, optimal aerodynamics are perfected at the Wind Tunnel Center. Established in 2010, the Development and Test Center for Electrified Drive Systems features cutting-edge test beds.