Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation

The Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS) is an affiliated company of Virginia Tech that is revolutionizing the automotive industry. GCAPS provides advanced tire research, vehicle simulation, and mathematical modeling for virtual vehicle and tire designs. The center specializes in independent testing, research, and assessments to complement or supplement activities performed by global tire and vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and motorsports teams.

GCAPS is a collaborative effort led by the VTTI in alliance with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), General Motors, and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission. The center encompasses a threefold tier of services: the National Tire Research Center (NTRC), the Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Labs (SoVa Motion), and the Virtual Design and Integration Laboratory (VDIL). Each tier under the GCAPS umbrella emphasizes a commitment to establishing a world-class facility focused on providing unique resources and expertise. The center houses the world’s only force-and-moment tire testing machine capable of testing at speeds up to 200 mph under combined loading condition. GCAPS is also home to a state-of-the-art simulation environment for tire model parameterization, vehicle model creation, and tire and vehicle simulations.

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Frank Della Pia
Center Director

Frank Della Pia, Director

Global Center for Automotive Performance Simluation

Frank Della Pia is the executive director of the National Tire Research Center (NTRC), a part of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He has over thirty years of experience across a wide range of engineering and manufacturing positions in the automotive industry.