VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP (WWJ) — Ricardo Software Tuesday announced it has launched a complete vehicle system modeling and simulation application called Ignite.


Ignite features embedded design and optimization tools, a first for its type of application, and a comprehensive powertrain library for simulation, built on the deep engineering expertise of Ricardo.


“Ignite was designed from the ground up to address unique challenges vehicle simulation engineers face,” said David Higbie, global director of Ricardo Software. “Based on feedback from our global software client base, along with Ricardo’s own vehicle simulation experts, we’ve built unique features in IGNITE that address two main requests: consolidating simulation and optimization toolsets, and embedding the users’ own intellectual property.”


With a world-class library of vehicle component ‘building blocks,’ IGNITE allows users to quickly and accurately conduct systems-level modeling of a wide array of vehicle platforms, including conventional, hybrid-electric, full-electric and even novel vehicle architectures. Users can build complex vehicle models, one object at a time, using flexible components and multiple configuration options. Modeling and simulation is supported from concept phase through detailed powertrain integration with quick turnaround of vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions prediction.


The hallmark of IGNITE is the Design/Optimization toolbox, seamlessly integrated within the software, which does not require use of add-on applications to experiment in the trade space. Users have the ability to not just analyze data, but make decisions and adjustments throughout the simulation process. This flexibility saves critical time in identifying positive and negative trade-offs when selecting from a vast array of variables.


With faster than real-time execution speed, native design and optimized tools, Ignite has the ability to conduct:
* Complete vehicle systems modeling
* Drive cycle simulation
* Vehicle performance prediction
* Fuel consumption prediction
* Emissions prediction
* Fuel-to-road energy flow analysis
* Hybrid system design and analysis
* Component selection and sizing
* Powertrain integration analysis

The breadth and flexibility of Ignite’s powertrain library gives users unmatched capability for comprehensive modeling of the entire vehicle with systems-level engine, transmission, driveline, vehicle, tire, hybrid-electric, controller and powertrain accessory modeling objects. As such, Ignite is expected to be a key tool as automakers strive to improve fuel economy and efficiency in order to achieve the upcoming 2025 federal fuel economy requirements.


Ignite supports the Modelica standard modeling language, providing users the flexibility and extensibility to embed their own intellectual property. For example, a supplier could develop and implement proprietary models representing a new technology, such as an e-machine, into Ignite to analyze the resulting impact on vehicle behavior. This feature should allow for faster research and development from both suppliers and automakers.

The new Ignite product joins a full-suite of powertrain development and vehicle integration software products offered by Ricardo Software. Native co-simulation between Ricardo Software products provides a level of vehicle/powertrain modeling fidelity and flexibility that is unique throughout the industry.

Shoreham-by-Sea, England-based Ricardo PLC is a global, multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy that employs more than 2,300 professional engineers, consultants and staff. It’s focused on high-efficiency, low-emission product innovation and robust strategic implementation. Its client list includes the world’s major transportation original equipment manufacturers, supply chain organizations, energy companies, financial institutions and governments. Ricardo’s U.S. operation, Ricardo Inc., is based in Van Buren Township. For more information, visit


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