Model 329 Spindle-Coupled Road Simulators

Apply force and motion in six degrees of freedom through vehicle spindles to replicate the effects of real-world road loads on vehicle and subsystem durability. The latest iteration of this industry standard test system combines a refined kinematic design, versatile FlexTest controls and renowned RPC software to achieve new levels of test productivity and accuracy.


  • Durability

Test Specimens

  • Passenger Cars and SUVs
  • Light Trucks
  • Heavy Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • All-Terrain Vehicles

Key Product Features

Accurate / Repeatable Results

Refined kinematic design supports higher dynamic inputs (up to 80 Hz) and delivers superior closed loop control with minimal latency (0.35 ms)

Integrated / Synchronized

FlexTest digital controls enable reliable and seamless connectivity between the test rig and the specimen, including specimens with active systems

Accelerated Testing

Combining the test rig with market-leading RPC software allows engineers to replicate real damage from road events up to 10x faster than on the proving ground

Unmatched Expertise

Global experts on road simulation support users to design tests and methods, including implementation of MTS’ ground-breaking HSRC technology that reduces reliance on traditional RLDA

Model Comparison

Full Vehicle (4-corner)

  • Test full vehicles
  • Used for body and chassis applications and final design validation 
  • 6DOF forces generated from the inertia of the vehicle reacting to the motion of the system
  • Wide range of payload and performance options

Axle/Steer (2-corner)

  • Test front or rear axle assemblies
  • Used for axle applications and early design qualification
  • 6DOF forcesgenerated from the motion of the system against a reaction base
  • Wide range of payload and performance options

Suspension/Steer (1-corner)

  • Test single vehicle corner assemblies
  • Used for for suspension development and early design qualification 
  • 6DOF forces generated from the motion of the system against a reaction base

Custom Variants

  • Heavy Truck
  • Long Stroke
  • Steer
  • Motorcycle/ATV

Featured Case Studies

Pan Asia Automobile Technology Center (PAATC): On the Fast Track
Fraunhofer Institute LBF: A New Spark in Innovation

Technical Overview

Model 329

The new Model 329i features a refined kinematic design that provides up to 80 Hz road input and  superior closed loop control with minimal latency.

  1. Hydraulic Service Manifold & Accumulator
  2. Improved Wrist Joint
  3. MTS DuraGlide Actuators with MTS SureCoat Rod Finishing Technology
  4. J-Crank
  5. Improved Bell Crank
Model 329
  1. FlexTest Controller
  2. RPC Pro Software
  3. SilentFlo Hydraulic Power Units (HPU)
  4. Seismic Mass
  5. SWIFT Evo Wheel Force Transducer 
  6. Hydraulic Service Manifold (HSM) & Accumulation

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