NovaCarts Engine: Flexible motor HiL simulator for different motor types and sizes

NovaCarts Engine is a versatile engine HiL system that enables automotive manufacturers and suppliers to test almost all engine control units under realistic conditions in real time. Different combustion engines as well as different engine sizes (up to 16 cylinders) can be simulated.

The modular HiL system provides all the signals required for error-free operation of the control units and is therefore also suitable for automated tests of start-up scenarios or different load points. NovaCarts Engine can be operated in standalone mode or in combination with drive and comfort components.

6 reasons to use NovaCarts Engine

  • Optimum system utilisation: NovaCarts Engine simulates the appropriate environment for almost every engine control unit and can therefore be used in a variety of ways - regardless of whether it is a petrol or diesel engine, in normal, gas or mixed operation.
  • Cost-effective tests for all engine sizes: NovaCarts Engine eliminates the need to purchase special, rarely used test systems for large engines with eight to 16 cylinders. For such engines, two systems can simply be coupled within a few minutes (master-slave operation).
  • Future-proof: Fast and cost-effective adaptation to future, more complex ECU requirements thanks to modular design
  • Quick change of engine type: When a control unit is connected to the wiring harness, the HiL simulator automatically adjusts to the respective injection method.
  • Maximum flexibility: The modular, individually configurable subsystems of NovaCarts Engine allow typical engine signals, fault simulation and installed valves to be varied within the shortest possible time.
  • Extremely short changeover times: Realization of adaptations and DUT changes within the shortest possible time - thanks to interface adapter and clear, spatially separated structure of the various components (low-power signals / high-power signals / real parts / system supply)


  • Vehicle bus node with all common bus systems (CAN, LIN, FlexRay, CAN FD, Ethernet, etc.)
  • The open and powerful model platform with response times of a few microseconds thanks to the allocation of individual processor cores for time-critical applications allows high-resolution simulations in ultra-real time (e.g. internal cylinder pressure or cylinder deactivation)
  • Can be used with real elements, realistic simulations and rest-bus simulations
  • Exact simulation of all engine typical signals (e.g. engine speed, digital and analog crankshaft signals, camshaft signals, injection and ignition signals, knocking signals)
  • Complex sensor and actuator simulation available as an option (e.g. simulation of lambda sensors, piezo/magnetic injectors)
  • Measurement logging for pulse width, injection valve and ignition angle signals and timing
  • Parallel control of terminals KL30, KL15, HR1, HR2, EKP1 and EKP2 through engine simulator and control unit
  • In Lastenbox integrierte Fuel-Stratified-Injection(FSI)-Einspritzventile
  • Direct connection of external injection valve load boxes to the engine simulator
  • Operation of up to eight real parts simultaneously


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