Marburg, January 20th, 2011 – 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 Squadra Corse from Politecnico di Torino, Italy will use the VI-Drivesim static simulator to train their racing driver in preparation of the forthcoming 2011 edition of the Formula SAE.
Squadra Corse Politecnico di Torino was granted free access to VI-Drivesim due to their victory at the 2010 edition of the Virtual Formula, a competition (organized by VI-grade and partners) built upon the rules and regulations of the popular Formula SAE and Formula Student.
“We are extremely grateful to VI-grade and partners for granting us access to the VI-Drivesim technology”, declared Prof. Andrea Tonoli, faculty advisor of Squadra Corse Politecnico di Torino. “This breakthrough driving simulator technology will enable our driver to gain confidence on the Formula SAE circuit, providing us with a competitive edge that will be of crucial importance for our success at the 2011 edition of this racing competition”.
“We are very happy about the installation of VI-Drivesim at the Politecnico di Torino,” said Birgit Grossmann, Managing director European Operations, Concurrent. “This reinforces our strategic partnership with VI-grade and further positions our solution as hardware backbone of a revolutionary driving simulator suitable for motorsport and commercial automotive applications.”
“Our congratulations go to the winning team that received our VI-Drivesim driving simulator powered by the VI-grade real-time vehicle model and the Concurrent Linux-based hardware”, said Guido Bairati, Sales Director of VI-grade. “We are looking forward to contributing with our technology to the success of the Squadra Corse racing team."
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VI-DriveSim is a new product line from VI-grade which provides automotive OEMs, racing teams and racing driving schools with a complete set of innovative, integrated driving simulators for a new generation approach to system-level simulation, allowing companies to bridge the gap between virtual prototyping and testing. VI-DriveSim is available in two different configurations: static and dynamic. In its static configuration, users have the possibility to interactively drive a virtual vehicle while sitting in a fixed realistic cockpit, watching the driving scene on a wide screen with unprecedented high quality graphics. In addition to all that, in its dynamic configuration the system provides motion feedback to the driver seat thanks to an innovative Motion Cueing algorithm and a six-degrees-of-freedom moving platform with reduced overall dimensions. The computing core is a Linux based RT computer, provided by Concurrent Computer, with which is possible to run HIL or SIL simulation while driving. VI-CarRealTime is powering the system with a realtime validated vehicle model, the same one used for off-line simulations. Graphics is based on an advanced DirectX based high quality rendering visualization program, provided by SimCoVR. The Motion Cueing strategy, developed by VI-grade, is based on Model Predictive Controller, in which mechanical and physiological characteristics are taken into account for optimal feedback. The Moving Platform, designed by Ansible Motion, features light weight, reduced power consumption and very efficient kinematics compared to conventional hexapod-based systems.
Concurrent is a worldwide leader in providing digital on-demand systems to the broadband industry and real-time computer systems for industry and government. The company's two business areas, On-Demand and Real-Time, leverage the best of Concurrent's technology and mission-critical experience to deliver solutions to a diverse global customer base. Concurrent is one of the industry's foremost providers of high-performance real-time computer systems, solutions and software for commercial and government markets. Integrated Solutions is a historically well-established business that focuses on strategic business areas that include hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulation; data acquisition; and industrial process control. For more information: http://www.ccur.com.
VI-grade GmbH is the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation. VI-grade, established in 2005, delivers innovative solutions to streamline the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, mainly automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railways. With office locations in Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA, VI-grade is a young and growing company with a highly skilled technical team.
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