The Technical Development division of AUDI AG has its headquarters in Ingolstadt. Nearly 9,000 employees work at the approximately 33.5-hectare (82.8 acre) TE complex in Ingolstadt, 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 at TE bring the brand claim “Vorsprung durch Technik” to life throughout the entire product creation process, from design and new vehicle concepts to the development of engines and transmissions, the electrification of powertrains to 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 are working 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 is located in the basement of the SE Forum and is a very large drive-in light tunnel. From Xenon plus headlights to Matrix LED headlights and laser lights, Audi has been putting pioneering innovations into series production for 20 years.
- Put to the test: The specialist departments Acoustics, Performance, Mechanical Engineering, Material Strength and Corrosion operate at the Physics Center. Individual components and complete vehicles are tested here using numerous measuring and test devices. A new department – Automated Driving Development – will be established in 2017 to pool competences and resources.
- Electronics? – Check! The Electronics Center is outfitted with a wide variety of measurement and testing equipment for vehicles. This is also the place for all aspects of in-car digitalization and connectivity.
- Progressive and creative Audi design: A new Design Center is being built in Ingolstadt and will be completed in mid-2017. This is where designers, project managers and modeling technicians will work on the latest production models and show cars.
- “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.
- Weatherproof: At the Engine Center, exhaust emissions and fuel consumption are measured under various climatic conditions on roller test rigs. Optimal aerodynamics are honed at the Wind Tunnel Center. Established in 2010, the Development and Test Center for Electrified Drive Systems features cutting-edge test rigs.