Audi Motorsport completes VI-Grade simulator installation

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VI-grade has announced that Audi Motorsport has completed the installation of its dynamic driving simulation solution DiM150. The driving simulator, equipped with a Formula E and DTM car cockpit, has been installed at the Audi Motorsport site in Neuburg, Bavaria, Germany.

The system is now being used for virtual fine-tuning of dynamic performance for Audi Motorsport vehicles, as well as for professional driver training.

“Due to the increasingly strict regulations of the motorsport series, there is only a limited number of testing days on the real racetracks,” said Joachim Hausner, driving simulator coordination, Audi Motorsport. “With our new DiM150 driving simulator, we are very confident to master these future challenges, because we are able to develop more efficiently and precisely in advance, so that we are better prepared on the real racetracks later, and lastly to improve our performance in the race.”

“Shortly after the final installation, it was already possible for us to apply the simulator for the Formula E season,” added Hausner. “There is still some work to be done to fully implement and integrate the simulator in the development processes of all our race series, but we see great potential in this driving simulation solution for the future of Audi Motorsport.”

To reproduce vehicle movements and acceleration, the DiM system is based on a patented revolutionary design with nine actuators. The resulting configuration with its 9DOF provides a larger workspace, while maintaining a high stiffness.

This means the system is suitable for low as well as high frequencies, both of which occur in automotive chassis design. For this reason, the DiM platform enables investigation of vehicle dynamics, as well as ride and comfort, on the same motion platform.

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