Innovative lightweight vehicle concept with wheel corner modules
Optimizing the rolling resistance and tire wear are some of the key elements to reduce the vehicle emissions and costs i.e. optimizing the fuel economy and tire life cycle which will achieve ECO2 aspects. Since’ 70s many efforts have been performed to optimize the tire compound and its structure in order to reduce the rolling resistance. Here, this is approved by active control of chassis parameters i.e. camber, toe, compliances and so on, which is realized by integrating innovative chassis components like wheel corner module and in-wheel motor.
The project is split into two phases. The initial focus is on modeling the ECO2 criteria and partly, analyzing the possible functions of wheel corner module. The emphasis on vehicle dynamics, control strategy and light weight concept will be followed in the second phase.