Marburg, May 24th, 2012 – VI-grade GmbH, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that the Formula SAE team of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has selected VI-Motorsport, VI-grade’s complete suite for system-level racing simulations, to optimize the setup of their racing cars.
The Formula SAE team founded by Shanghai Jiao Tong University was one of the earliest teams in mainland China participating to the Formula Student event. In 2011, three years after the team’s debut in FSAE California, a brand new SJTU Racing Team was established by a number of enthusiastic students under the support of the School of Mechanical Engineering and of the Institute of Automotive Research and Engineering. Today, the team consists of 50 innovative, perseverant and ambitious members coming from 9 different schools on campus. The structure breaks down to three sectors: R&D, business, and media, covering a wide range of tasks.
The team will participate to the FSAE China competition in October 2012 and is also planning to attend hybrid vehicle competitions in the future.
“Due to resource limitations, performance adjustments through test-driving is quite inconvenient and largely restrained. Therefore, during the design procedure we are working on the improvement of the performance of our racing cars by means of CAE tools, which leads to higher efficiency and lower risk with respect to the traditional physical prototyping approach.” says Dr. Mian Li, Director of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) Racing Car Team. “Fortunately, VI-grade is capable of assisting us to combine conceptual design with practical test-driving, thus enabling our team to seek for the optimum performance of our FSAE racing car.”
“We are very excited about the collaboration with SJTU” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director of VI-grade. “We are looking forward to supporting the success of this team that joins today the community of our customers belonging to the racing industry.”
VI-Motorsport is a software environment for vehicle modelling and dynamic analysis, which helps race cars designers and track engineers to predict vehicle performance when set-up parameters are modified, before the car is built and also in support of race events. VI-Motorsport is based on a faster-than-real-time simulation solver which can predict the virtual car behaviour and has been extensively validated against test data in various race car series. The VI-Motorsport environment is complemented by the ability to create road data (both drivelines and tire contact profiles) starting either from GPS, laser or telemetry data measurements, or from a fully analytical description. VI-MotorSport will also write out data that is fully compatible with ATLAS from McLaren Electronic Systems, making it simple to integrate with existing tools. Finally VI-grade’s advanced driver model allows users to drive the vehicle model around the specified track. For all those companies involved in the process of finding best vehicle set-up and performance whilst at the same time limiting economic resources, VI- Motorsport is an unprecedented support and a revolutionary aid to the engineering team. VI-Motorsport includes the following software modules: VI-CarRealTime, VI-Road, VI-Tires, VI-Driver, VI-Animator and VI-SuspensionGen.
About Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Since the reform and opening up policy in China, SJTU has taken the lead in management reform of institutions for higher education, regaining its vigor and vitality with an unprecedented momentum of growth. Today SJTU has 31 schools (departments), 63 undergraduate programs, 250 masters-degree programs, 203 Ph.D. programs, 28 post-doctorate programs, and 11 state key laboratories and national engineering research centers. SJTU boasts a large number of famous scientists and professors, including 33 academics of the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering, 92 accredited professors and chair professors of the "Cheung Kong Scholars Program" and more than 1,900 professors and associate professors.