A Midland engineering consultancy is the driving force behind a project for a new US super car aimed at A-list stars and the larger sports car enthusiast.
Simpact Engineering is working with American car manufacturer Brammo Motorsports in the design and development stage of the V12 Rogue GT.
The firm, based at the University of Warwick Science Park Business Innovation Centre in Binley, Coventry, uses state-of-the-art simulation techniques for the crash testing of vehicles.
Simpact, which works with many UK niche car manufacturers including GTM, Connaught and Caterham, says the method allows it to assess how the car behaves and how it can protect the passengers in a real life scenario without the need for expensive prototypes and physical experiments using crash dummies.
Tim Williams, managing director of Simpact, said: "From our programmes we can predict injuries, the deformation of the vehicle and damage to the fuel tank.
"Then we can engineer out all the bad aspects from the results of our simulted front, rear and side impacts.
"This means the vehicle will need less 'real tests' when it is examined before going into production. We have done a lot of work with smaller firms in the UK, and without our work many wouldn't be able to make their cars.
"We are helping many of them stay alive by doing these tests for them without the need for lots of cars to go into walls."
The link up with Brammo is the first American venture undertaken by Simpact, which employs ten people.
Brammo Motorsports is based in Ashland, Oregon, and was founded in 1998 as an importer of high performance British kit cars such as the Ultima.
Three years ago the company began design work on its own super car for a niche market targeting wealthy American athletes, actors and high performance vehicle enthusiasts.
Mr Williams said: "This is our first major project for a US customer. The engineers that we are working with have a real passion for quality engineering and world class design. The 5,000 mile distance between our two companies is not a problem because high internet speed allows us to make a quick and easy transfer of data.
"The only small problem that we have is the time difference, as they are eight hours behind us which means that live meetings need to take place at 6pm our time at the earliest, as the engineers at Brammo have only just had their first coffee of the morning by then."
Simpact has been operating in the field of product development for the past eight years and in that time the company has provided specialist consultancy to OEM car companies such as Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover.
The design and detail of the car is being kept under wraps until its official launch later this year, although it is thought to have a slighter larger cabin to accommodate American sports stars who may not fit into other supercars.
Business Innovation Centre manager Karen Aston said: "It is good to see Simpact working on such an exciting project.
"They already have a superb reputation in the automotive industry through using innovative techniques which are changing the face of their industry."
Brian Wismann, lead designer at Brammo, said: "It is only through a great relationship with technical partners such as Simpact that a project as ambitious as this one can be successful. Simpact's expertise in digital crash simulation continues to impress and provides engineers at Brammo with the needed data to improve the crashworthiness of the vehicle structure and ensure that the Rogue GT is a safe vehicle."