ECP, a first tier supplier to Rover Group, had been tasked to replace the original cast aluminium arm with a pressed steel alternative. Randle were brought into the project to produce concepts for evaluation, and a complete design and analysis program.
A close co-operation between MG Rover, ECP, Chasestead (the prototype manufacturers) and Randle.
The new component fits in the original package space and yet meets the greater demands set by the ensuing vehicle programme.
- 70% improvement in stress and fatigue criteria
- Weight penalty of 12%
- 350% improvement in stiffness
- Reduced assembly time
- Package clearance improved in three critical areas
- Piece cost of £8.00 saving MG Rover £2 million p.a.