Simulator speeds up development for BMW

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Modern simulators are helping BMW Motorsport drivers and engineers prepare for races before arriving at the track.

The simulator in Munich, Germany, is letting drivers get to know the track and fine-tune their racing lines, while engineers can set and develop the race cars.

It is housed in a hall at BMW Motorsport in Anton-Ditt-Bogen, with drivers experiencing tracks in the BMW M4 DTM or BMW iFE.20 Formula E racer and perfecting chassis tuning and energy management.

Rudolf Dittrich, general manager of BMW Motorsport vehicle development, said, “The unique configuration of the hardware, continuous detailing of the software and modeling, the very close correlation with real data and the high computer performance make even the smallest changes in vehicle set-up or the development of new cars noticeable and comparable.”

The BMW Motorsport simulation has a detailed car model, with the system relying on 100 teraflops of processing power.

Three projectors display the racetrack for drivers and immerse them in a digital world.

The simulator can swap between the DTM and Formula E in one hour.

Drivers can race around the Nürburgring, including the Nordschleife, Hockenheimring, Norisring, Lausitzring, Assen, Jerez de la Frontera, Brands Hatch and the future DTM venues of Anderstorp and Monza.

All the tracks from the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Formula E seasons are available and so is the Miramas BMW test site in France.

Changes to existing tracks or the addition of new ones takes less than one week.

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