Product Development

PACE Innovations is heavily involved in the motor racing industry. The never-ending search for performance through design and engineering is paramount to our foundation. To be competitive in motorsport, you must have a strong focus towards accuracy and be able to work in small margins of error whilst pushing the limit. This philosophy is one we apply to our day-to-day operations at PACE Innovations, and assure we provide our customers with an advantage over competitors, regardless of their requests. Our typical product development project can be separated into four key phases:

Product Development Scope

Firstly, our customer’s needs are identified. Usually held in our boardroom, the customer will be invited to a meeting with our engineers, and the requirements of the proposed task are communicated. Whether it be a vision for a completely new concept, or the shortcomings of a previous product, a unique performance criterion for their demand is defined, and achievability is discussed. The no-nonsense approach to our work means there are no cards left hidden, giving our customers confident that they have come to the right place.

Concept Development

Here we conceptualise numerous ideas, developments and alternatives to not only meet, but exceed the previously defined performance targets. The concepts that can be considered feasible solutions are taken from pen and paper to being modelled using our selection of professional computer software. After primary analysis, the most viable solution is then selected for more detailed evaluation based on a key performance indicator testing procedure.

Testing and Validation

The final concept is then developed to a point where it can be adequately tested. It is essential that a prototype can be tested prior to production, as the final product’s performance can assessed against the design brief criteria with minimal manufacturing commitments. This can be achieved through various means such as rapid prototyping, FEA analysis, dimensional analysis destructive testing and other procedures that may prove relevant to the stage in the development of the product. Once it is deemed that the concept will meet its design requirements, the design is finalised, and all the relevant engineering and manufacturing details are submitted for approval before manufacturing commences.

Manufacturing and Commissioning

Our methods of manufacturing vary depending on the volume of the product, and the desired quality of the product.  Whether its high volume with quick turn arounds, or an in-depth product development and manufacturing program, we can tailor our resources to the needs of any production.  It can range from creating the necessary files for a one off achieved component all the way up to extensive jigging design and production for higher volume and complex structure manufacturing. Our specialty lies in creating great economies in jobbing and low volume production learned from our extensive experience in low volume chassis production techniques. By having our own advanced fabrication workshop on site, it offers our engineers and fabricators the best opportunity to collaborate and process these low volume jobs effectively and efficiently from concept to handover.

We can provide a complete “turn key” solution or provide certain services to aid you in your own product development project.  Our current clients often come to us with a current mechanical system or part that they feel should be cheaper and meet more functional requirements but are not able to provide a solution themselves. We have helped them by providing innovative solutions that better meet their needs within budget constraints, from something as simple as a car wash product mixer through to a new race car chassis platform. We enjoy the challenge of tackling the things our clients would usually put in the ‘too hard basket’.