Audi Motorsport to utilize revolutionary dynamic driving simulation technology from VI-grade for the virtual fine tuning of their race vehicles’ dynamic performance
Marburg, December 13, 2018 – VI-grade today announced that Audi Motorsport has completed the installation of the dynamic driving simulation solution DiM150 (Driver-in-Motion). The driving simulator, equipped with a Formula E and DTM car cockpit, has been installed at the Audi Motorsport site in Neuburg, Bavaria (Germany) and is currently in use for the virtual fine tuning of the dynamic performance of the vehicles developed and marketed by Audi Motorsport 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, Coordination Driving Simulator 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 preparation of the upcoming Formula E season starting on December 15,” continued 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.”
“We are delighted to report the completion of the installation of our driving simulation solution at Audi Motorsport and to realize that our DiM150 is already used by Audi’s drivers and engineers to improve vehicle performances,” said Alessio Lombardi, Key Account Manager, VI-grade. “The concept of our DiM150 fully represents Audi’s philosophy and mission – Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning a step forward through technology. We are looking forward to all current and potential future usages of our driving simulation technologies at Audi Motorsport.”
To reproduce vehicle movements and accelerations, the DiM solution takes a different path to driving simulation and is based on a patented revolutionary design with nine actuators. The resulting configuration with its 9 degrees of freedom enables us to go beyond the basic six-actuator design of a simple hexapod, thus providing a larger workspace while maintaining a high stiffness. This leads to a system suitable for low as well as high frequencies, both of which occur in automotive chassis design. For this reason, the DiM platform enables us to investigate vehicle dynamics as well as ride and comfort on the same motion platform.