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Virtual Test and Simulation Driving Force Behind New Land Rover Discovery

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is being hailed for its sleek design and what’s under the hood, but its major accomplishments—shedding 1,000 pounds and becoming more aerodynamic—wouldn’t have been possible without serious horsepower in the form of virtual testing and simulation.

The latest SUV model was the result of over 1,000 simulations, accounting for 12 million hours of CPU time, run over the course of the vehicle’s development. The stepped up simulation effort is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s strategic vision to leverage virtual engineering and simulation to improve the quality, cost targets and time to market for all of its vehicle programs, according to Mark Stanton, vehicle engineering director for the firm and executive, champion of virtual engineering.