Darmstadt, December 16th, 2020 – VI-grade, a leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation, announced today the operation of the DYNAMIC Driving Simulator in the Mercedes-AMG development process.
Following several sessions at VI-grade’s advanced SimCenter in Udine, Italy, and numerous test drives on the Simulator in April 2018, the major German OEM decided to adopt the DYNAMIC Driving Simulator technology from VI-grade primarily for vehicle dynamics applications. Since end of 2018, the DiM250 Driving Simulator is in full operation and already completely integrated in the development process and toolchain of the German car manufacturer. For instance, the DYNAMIC Driving Simulator was also applied in the development of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series production car, with which test driver Maro Engel only recently broke the track record on the Nordschleife as fastest upper-class vehicle.
“The DiM250 Driving Simulator is the perfect tool for us. We can get our test drivers in there, who will be driving the real cars later or we can drive ourselves or have our management drive. We establish a target for where we want to be with the final product and, thanks to the Driving Simulator, we can have a whole set of teams working together.” explained Michael Bidlingmaier, Key Expert – Digital Vehicle Dynamics Integration, Mercedes-AMG.
The DiM250 Driving Simulator enables customers to improve collaboration between all engineering teams involved in the development process, including target definition, breakdown of component/system demands, reintegration of CFD/FEM/CAD/MBS results, creation of loads for strength and durability analysis, tire development, HiL-Control system development and network simulation.
“We are very delighted that a renowned car manufacturer like Mercedes-AMG utilizes our driving simulation technology to virtually optimize the dynamic behavior of their vehicles”, said Helmut Schmitz, Sales Director DACH & Benelux at VI-grade. “We are truly impressed by how Mercedes-AMG integrated our DYNAMIC Driving Simulator into the development processes and toolchain for both series vehicles and Hypercars in such a short time. This further proves the importance of collaboration on the Driving Simulator between the teams involved in the development process, but also between OEMs and suppliers in order to achieve the best possible results and quality in less time.”