ADRO: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Design and Development Process

Crafted by a collaborative team of automotive OEM designers, F1 aerodynamicists, and expert craftsmen, ADRO's carbon fiber components stand out as the perfect blend of eye-catching aesthetics and improved performance through heightened aerodynamic efficiency.

Our commitment to excellence is underpinned by a proprietary design and development process, meticulously engineered to not only meet the demands of the aftermarket industry but also to adhere to OEM quality standards. 

Below, we provide a comprehensive breakdown of our design and development process:

Engineer scanning a factory vehicle; Right image: Digital 3D render of the ADRO G82 M4 widebody kit.

Step 1: Scanning and Reverse Engineering

The first phase involves subjecting the factory vehicle to a comprehensive 3D scanning process, followed by reverse engineering to extract precise specifications of the vehicle. While the scanned data is being processed, our designers work in parallel to develop concepts and create preliminary sketches, utilizing both traditional pen and sketchpad methods alongside the latest digital design tools.

Left image: Class A surface modeling; Right image: Clay model of the same design.

Step 2: Design / Class A Surface Modeling

Building upon the scanned data, product design is meticulously executed using Alias, a widely recognized industry-standard tool in the automotive sector, to achieve Class A Surfacing. This exacting process ensures a seamless and natural extension of the vehicle's surface curvature, facilitating uninterrupted light reflection and flow. The design is subjected to a final review utilizing virtual reality (VR) technology. In select cases, clay modeling is integrated to further enhance specific projects.

CFD simulation visualizing airflow through the ADRO-equipped G82 M4 widebody.

Step 3: CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)

Our CFD process involves rigorous evaluation and refinement of areas that may present aerodynamic challenges. The primary goal is to enhance downforce and reduce drag without compromising the design. To achieve this, we fine-tune our designs and conduct additional simulations to determine the optimal configuration of our aero package. We employ powerful resources, including the AWS High-Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster and the high-capacity DrivAer model, boasting over 20 TFLOPS of computational capability. Collaborative research with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) drives our CFD optimization efforts, pushing the boundaries of aerodynamic performance and setting benchmarks for the aftermarket automotive manufacturing industry.

CFD simulation visualizing airflow through the ADRO-equipped G82 M4 widebody. A screenshot of the ADRO G82 M4 3D data on CATIA

Step 4: Structural Design Optimization

Leveraging CATIA, an industry-leading 3D modeling and design software, our team meticulously engineers the mounting structure. This process ensures both structural integrity and the minimization of potential vehicle damage.

Left image: Fitting the master prototype on the G82 M4; Right image: Pre-production model undergoing final fitment test on the G82 M4.

Step 5: Prototype and Fitment 

A master prototype is then manufactured through CNC machining. This precision-crafted model is then fitted to a factory vehicle. Any modifications and adjustments are made as needed. Once the fitment and design are deemed satisfactory, a mold is produced based on the prototype, and a pre-production unit is produced. This pre-production unit undergoes another fitment test before the green light for full-scale production is given. 

Studio shot: Limited edition BMW G82 M4 with the ADRO widebody kit.

Form and function. Stay tuned for our remarkable journey ahead.  

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