VI-grade Announces the 2017 Edition of the Virtual Formula Competition
Marburg, Dec 19th, 2016 – VI-grade today announced the 2017 edition of the Virtual Formula competition.
Virtual Formula 2017 is built upon the rules and regulations of the popular Formula SAE and Formula Student. The competition will be based on the usage of VI-Motorsport, VI-grade’s interactive simulation environment for motorsport vehicle modeling and dynamic analysis. All registered teams will be granted access to a complete state-of-the-art racing simulation software to find the best set-up for their car.
The participating teams will be challenged to optimize the performance of a virtual race car, minimizing the lap time on a given autocross track, an acceleration event, the Skidpad, as well as possibly reducing the ecologic footprint of the model. In line with the recent growth of Formula Student teams adopting electric racecars, and more generically with the ongoing trends in the automotive industry, the 2017 edition of the Virtual Formula will be focused on the optimization of an electrically-driven vehicle model.
The competition will be won by the team that will have the most overall points in the different events. Receivable points for each event are adjusted to the regulations of the Formula SAE.
The team results will be evaluated by a technical committee formed by vehicle dynamicists from VI-grade. The winning team will be awarded with a complete software package including multiple user access to the VI-Motorsport technology, as well as other prices to be announced soon. Additionally, all teams submitting results will be included in a presentation brochure that will be distributed by the organizing committee to a selected database of leading automotive companies and Tier1 suppliers.
More information about the vehicle model, rules and regulations, other prices and the timewise alignment with our next Users Conference in May 2017 will be announced separately on the company website as well as on the dedicated Facebook page available at this link: https://www.facebook.com/VirtualFormula.
More information on the Virtual Formula can be found here.
VI-Motorsport is an interactive simulation environment for vehicle modeling 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 dynamic faster-than-real-time simulation solver which can predict the virtual car behavior and has been extensively validated against test data in various race car series. VI-Motorsport allows to create road data files for tire contact and driveline targets represented through analytical description, GPS, laser or telemetry data measurements. Thanks to VI-grade proprietary advanced driver algorithms, users can drive their vehicle models on a track section or on an entire lap, in order to detect the limits of the car.
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“Investing in these technologies and processes is key. We are sure that - on a medium term - the market demand for these development and validation activities on ADAS systems and Self Driving solutions will remarkably increase” said Giacomo Danisi, owner and CEO, Danisi Engineering. “Having always focused on offering our clients outstanding engineering skills, we deemed it strategic to have these tools available and invest in the relevant know-how. Today we are the only independent engineering company in the world to boast such an advanced development centre. I would like to thank our partner VI-grade, thanks to whom we can count on cutting-edge software solutions, developed around our specific needs.”
The virtual graphic scenario where the features of the new vehicle or the reactions to the driving are tested is highly immersive and reproduces with great accuracy real driving conditions. With the driving simulator it is possible to evaluate the behaviour of the human-machine system in critical driving situations, that are absolutely realistic. There are many application fields: from car engineering to motorsport, to university research.
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VI-DriveSim is an innovative Integrated Hybrid Driving Simulator characterized by a revolutionary software and hardware design and targets both racing and commercial vehicle applications. The computing core is a Linux-based real-time computer, which enables owners to add any ECU or software program communicating with the digital vehicle model as in reality. VI-grade’s flagship solution VI-CarRealTime powers the system with a real-time validated vehicle model - the same one used for off-line simulations. Graphics are based on a high-quality rendering visualization program. The Motion Cueing strategy relies on complex mechanical and physiological optimization logic and the DiM Moving Platform, developed by VI-grade and engineered and manufactured by Saginomiya, is based on an innovative 9-DOF mechanical design. For further information, please visit /index.php?pagid=drivesim or www.driverinmotion.com
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VI-grade Signs New Sponsorship Agreements with 30 Leading Universities, Formula Student Racing Teams and Formula SAE® Series
Marburg, March 3rd, 2016 - VI-grade today announced that sponsorship agreements have been recently signed with leading universities worldwide to supply simulation technology in support of the activities of 30 Formula Student racing teams. As part of the agreement, all teams received a perpetual license of VI-Motorsport, VI-grade’s software solution for motorsports simulation. Some teams also adopted VI-DriveSim Static, VI-grade’s leading driving simulation solution. VI-grade’s technology will be used by all teams to improve the performance of racing cars, supporting chassis and controls development for Formula Student vehicles.
Beneath the sponsoring of Formula Student racing teams, VI-grade also proudly supports the Formula Student events of the Formula SAE® Series in North America. The Formula SAE® events in Lincoln, NE and Formula SAE® Michigan are the oldest and two of the most prestigious events in the Formula Student race calendar. Through the sponsorship of Formula Student teams and events, VI-grade underlines its integrated approach to supporting student projects in the automotive field.
Following are the 30 universities, Formula Student Racing Teams and Formula SAE® Series teams (names and logos)that rely on the VI-grade simulation technology to improve the performance prediction of their racing cars.
“We are happy to report our increasing collaboration with major university racing teams worldwide,” said Guido Bairati, International Sales Director, VI-grade. “This is also reflected by the success of our ongoing Virtual Formula competition, built upon the rules and regulations of the popular Formula SAE® and Formula Student and based on the usage of VI-Motorsport. Now in its seventh consecutive year, the VI-grade Virtual Formula managed to attract more than 100 teams from all over the world”.
“We are very excited about our increasing collaboration with worldwide leading universities and Formula Student teams,” said Jonas Helbig, Sales Representative for Education & Research, VI-grade. “Now, major racing teams in both combustion and electric series are using our vehicle simulation solutions to increase competitiveness in an environment with less physical testing and higher demands for more performance. We are looking forward to further supporting the success of Formula SAE racing teams worldwide!”