VI-grade has detailed its supply agreement with the top-three Formula E teams. All three teams used a combination of VI-grade static and dynamic driving simulators to prepare for races.
“The race preparation for this Formula E season has nearly 100% taken place on our dynamic driving simulator by VI-grade. It is a crucial tool for our engineers to experiment and to figure out the optimal energy balance before the race, since there is only limited time for it later on the track”, said Joachim Hausner, driving simulator coordination at Audi Motorsport. “But the driving simulator is also essential for the follow-up work after the event in order to evaluate our performance in the race and to double-check some parameters.”
For several years, motorsport activities have been the main development driver for VI-grade’s driving simulators. VI-grade has more than 50 simulators installed worldwide at motorsport teams, suppliers and R&D centers.
“Since all Formula E races are single-day events, teams do not have the time to change any vehicle settings on-site, nor to test the car on the racetrack”, said Diego Minen, CTO, VI-grade. “This strict timetable forces the manufacturers to rely on driving simulation technologies like ours, in order to be fully competitive in the all-electric racing series.”