It is often more economical or necessary from a technical point of view for manufacturers to outsource entire sub-processes of vehicle trialing. Formel D is at its customers’ side as a competent contact here, and in conjunction with the OEM it develops a strategy ranging from the establishment of a center and the necessary logistics to the definition of routes and scenarios. Then, a team of specially trained test drivers performs the actual trial runs and documents them, while a second team evaluates the results. The services are performed in one- to three-shift operation depending on the requirements. This offers customers flexibility and enables the Formel D employees to work proactively, even if there are fluctuations in capacity utilization.
The automobiles to be trialed reflect the current state of development in each case, and their technical components, characteristics and design are not yet known to the public. In test drives on public roads, therefore, the Formel D experts ensure the complete camouflage of the prototype before installing the necessary measurement technology and sensors. In the time- and kilometer-based tests, a permanent team of specially trained test drivers guarantees a reproducible driving style. In accordance with the specified deployment scenarios and the scope of trialing, they drive the models at different loading conditions, in some cases with a trailer attached. Besides the predefined test parameters, the Formel D experts also regularly examine other functions and features in the vehicle by subjecting them to above-average use. Finally, the experts document the mileages achieved, the fuel or energy consumption and the necessary refills of operating materials in each shift, the wear and tear values for the tires, and other data relevant for the assessment of each individual vehicle. This data is then transferred to the customer system.