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November 20, 2017

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MTS AND MCLAREN RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR THEIR UNIQUE AUTOMOBILE SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY

Eden Prairie, Minn. – November 20, 2017 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, has earned another high profile industry accolade. MTS, in collaboration with McLaren Applied Technologies, McLaren’s high-performance design and technology company, were awarded Automotive Testing Technology International’s (ATTI) “Hardware Innovation of the Year” for their MTS Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS).

The VDS enables vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to substantially accelerate product development by conducting real-world driving simulations of vehicle performance before prototypes are available. Extending “driver-in-the-loop” technology, the VDS allows a driver to perform live driving evaluations in order to provide engineers subjective (human) feedback of components, systems and full-vehicles in advance of physical prototyping. These early insights help engineers assess driver experience more accurately and earlier in the development cycle than previously possible. 

Future VDS modules will also support the realization of similar speed and efficiencies during development of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) in which the various effects of driving conditions, vehicle performance and reactions are critical developmental evaluation factors. The VDS is especially useful for conducting safe, meaningful studies of driver behavior in response to dramatic road events. The rapid processing and synchronization of performance data with vehicle and terrain models is represented in the dynamic motion platform with high fidelity providing the human driver realistic experience of a broad array of real-world driving conditions and scenarios.

The fully immersive simulation system combines state-of-the-art hardware and advanced software solutions to replicate nearly every aspect of the driving experience with the highest degree of accuracy - from the feel of the suspension to the response of the brake pedal, right through to the feedback from the steering mechanism. These capabilities enable developers to conduct detailed analysis of how changes to vehicle designs will impact key performance parameters.

“This award is testament to the hard work that the respective engineering teams of McLaren and MTS are putting into driving forward development of human-centric automotive development tools,” stated Tim Strafford, Automotive Director at McLaren Applied Technologies. “Using VDS, leading automotive manufacturers and their technology partners are able to explore new design concepts at a faster pace and with greater efficiency.”

“The automotive design and development process is changing rapidly,” added Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS President and CEO. “By integrating physical tests, virtual modeling and human interaction earlier in the process, an array of different benefits can be derived. Our VDS not only compresses product development timelines, it also provides more repeatable and accurate results. This type of simulation testing is becoming increasingly important as the industry migrates toward more autonomous driving solutions.”

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation’s testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures. MTS’s high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 3,500 employees as of October 1, 2016 and revenue of $650 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2016. Additional information on MTS can be found at http://www.mts.com.

About McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Applied Technologies, part of McLaren Technology Group, is a high-performance design and technology company on a mission to solve challenges and improve lives. Born out of creating world leading technologies for motorsport, the company continues to identify, pioneer and transfer cutting edge technologies across sectors as diverse as automotive, healthcare, public transport, and through strategic partnerships across industry. To find out more visit http://www.mclaren.com/appliedtechnologies.