Virtual Vehicle

K2 Research Program

An ambitious research program

VIRTUAL VEHICLE is a holding company of the COMET K2 research program “K2-Mobility – Sustainable Vehicle Technologies” – an international institution in the field of application-oriented vehicle development. The COMET K2 program will provide the basis for funded research activities, until at least the end of 2017. Extensive involvement in EU projects and a broad portfolio of commissioned research and services rounds out our activities.


Since its foundation in 2002, VIRTUAL VEHICLE has been positioned as an active link between industry and science. With a constantly growing network of currently more than 80 well-known international industrial partners and more than 30 renowned research institutions and universities, numerous challenging research projects will be conducted in the coming five years. Aside from the aforementioned K2 project partners, VIRTUAL VEHICLE continually offers new companies and scientific institutions the opportunity to participate in this research program.

The challenge

Individual transportation and public transportation are currently facing significant challenges in the areas of

  • reduction of CO2 emissions
  • improved vehicle safety
  • environmentally friendly vehicles and
  • cost- and time-efficient vehicle development

The goal

The fundamental research goal of the K2 program is to make a significant contribution to the holistic optimization of future vehicles. The ViF develops methods and tools to enable holistic vehicle optimization in an unprecedented way. The essential goal is the combination of multi-disciplinary optimization with an integrated engineering approach.

Fundamental Research Goal

The main focus of the research activities is on the development of new technologies as well as new methods and tools for the system design & optimization of vehicles (automotive and rail) that are consistent with a holistic perspective. The inclusion of the system view in many R & D activities of VIRTUAL VEHICLE impedes the very specific, isolated, highly demanding and narrowly targeted developments that are widespread in today’s vehicle research landscape. To guarantee future success in the face of increasingly complex requirements and their interactions with ever-increasing demands, the main goal of VIRTUAL VEHICLE is vehicle system optimisation. The necessary key tasks are summarized in five research areas. These five research areas are handled by the Research Departments.

Area A / Information & Process Management
Information & Process Management is a multi-disciplinary research area that connects the methods and models of all other areas and provides (comprehensive) data management. This area serves as a communication and system organisation platform.

Area B / Thermo & Fluid Dynamics
The area Thermo- & Fluid Dynamics works on the simulation and experimental research of coupled thermodynamic and flow processes in engines and vehicles.

Area C / NVH & Friction
The research area Acoustics, Noise, Vibration and Friction investigates different methods and technologies in vehicle vibration and acoustics as well as contact friction analysis.

Area D / Mechanics & Materials
The area Mechanics & Materials focuses on topics from the fields of automotive and rail vehicles and handles four core subjects & Materials: vehicle safety, vehicle system dynamics, improved prognosis quality of simulation models and forming technologies. This area additionally contains the superordinate, cross-divisional function “Rail Systems.”

Area E /  E/E & Software
Vehicle Electrics/Electronics and Software deals with the development of methods, tools and processes for an overall design, optimization, evaluation and validation of E/E architectures, as well as comprehensive, functional co-simulation for conventional vehicles and hybrid technologies.