To make a step change towards the development of a new generation of running gear, NEXTGEAR project will:
• Update the Universal Cost Model (UCM) from the Roll2Rail project to make it possible to judge the economic impact of the innovation suggested for an operator using the vehicle,
• Suggest new ideas for the Running Gear Technology Demonstrator (TD1.4) that are based both on the use of new applications of materials and new manufacturing methods,
• Design the wheelset of the future by proposing concept for a hybrid carbon fibre / metallic wheelset design that combines lower weight without compromising safety.