Ricardo Software to partner with Modelon to expand IGNITE product capabilities

Ricardo Software to partner with Modelon to expand IGNITE product capabilities
24 April 2016

IGNITE is a physics-based system simulation package focused on complete vehicle system modeling and simulation. With comprehensive powertrain and thermofluid component libraries, users can quickly and accurately model conventional to highly complex vehicle system models, hybrid-electric, full electric and novel vehicles.

Integration of Modelon’s OPTIMICA Compiler Toolkit will advance the Ricardo Software IGNITE product’s simulation speeds and capability – and offers the opportunity for future significant enhancements.


Ricardo Software today announces a key partnership that will deliver immediate benefits to users of its IGNITE complete vehicle system simulation product, as well as enabling significant future developments. In the upcoming 2016 product release, planned for May, IGNITE users will have instant access to Modelon’s advanced OPTIMICA Compiler Toolkit, a Modelica and Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) based computational platform for system design.

Integrating IGNITE and OPTIMICA offers clear advantages for system simulation users, not least with a three-fold increase in the speed of compilation and simulation, providing very significant time-savings.  Moreover, it provides expanded compatibility with proprietary and open source Modelica libraries (covering two-phase fluid, thermal, hydraulics, and more), and comprehensive support of the FMI, further enabling execution of multi-domain and multi-scale studies in IGNITE.

A typical vehicle system model used in an IGNITE simulation

The result of this partnership will bring together the best of IGNITE’s comprehensive ground vehicle performance and fuel economy simulation capability with Modelon’s leadership in Modelica and FMI technology. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Modelon to bring new and exciting capabilities to market” states David Higbie, Ricardo Software Managing Director. “We’re confident that improving IGNITE’s speed and agility will strengthen its position as a technology leader in the Model-Based-Design space, further enabling our users to achieve faster and more advanced dynamic simulation results, and create more fuel-efficient vehicles and better product designs.”

“We are very proud to supply Ricardo and its customers with our foundation technology for Modelica and FMI modelling and simulation” states Magnus Gäfvert, CEO of Modelon. “The industry expertise embedded into IGNITE combined with Modelon’s state-of-the art modelling and computational technology in OPTIMICA provides a powerful platform for high impact vertical solutions in vehicle system simulation.”


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