He strokes his arm almost tenderly over the softly padded skin. Over and over again. 10,000 times in total. But before you get the wrong idea: we are not talking about a romantic film scene, but rather a tough stress test on a seat, thousands of which are installed in Audi cars. In this so-called entry/exit test, a robot arm with a rubbing cloth rubs over the side bolster of the seat to test whether any stitching comes undone or any foam crumbles away.
At Audi Seat Development in Ingolstadt, a team of engineers tests all new seats before they go into series production. And months before the stress limits of the seat are tested, the seat engineers at Audi start work on the perfect new seat.