The Simulator Studio
This simulator studio can be utilised to produce a interactive virtual reality enabling drivers and team to maximise both experience and potential.
Our single-seater simulator has a five metre, 180 degree wraparound screen, which helps create a fully immersive driving environment. When seated inside the simulator, the room is darkened and you are surrounded by high resolution graphics from floor to ceiling. With the added experience of quality, realistic audio delivered by a professional speaker system.
The pedals are fully adjustable to accommodate drivers of different heights and also to replicate your driving position you adopt in a race car.
The steering wheel on any simulator is important as it is what connects you to the virtual model. On our sim, the wheel which is typically used in the studio is that similar to what you would find in most modern day single-seaters - a composite wheel, complete with rotary dials, buttons, shift lights and a LCD screen display, all of which can all be custom programmed.
Our control room is linked with a two way comms system, allowing the driver to PTT (push to talk) to the engineer and visa versa.
Live telemetry is transmitted to the control room for analysis by your team, or a Simutec expert. Real data can be brought to the studio and overlaid with data generated on the simulator. All data is published to the driver unique portfolio and accessible at any time.
At Simutec, we provide teams and drivers with the technology and services they need to get the results they want. We spend our time making sure that our software, circuit and car models are up to date and accurate.
Model Physics and Visuals
Our simulator models are created and refined by professionals, both visually and physically. We spend hundreds of hours putting together the models that our drivers lap around circuits on our simulator.
Is it important to have the model visually correct?
The answer is no, it is not important! The visual model could be a box, however we are providing a service to our drivers where immersion is important. Although the driver cannot see the car when driving, when we revisit the session, watching back on-board footage with data overlay, we can do so with a accurate visualisation of the car positioning and movements.
How important is it to have the physics refined?
A simulator is a tool which should be utilised for driver development, circuit learning, seat time and experience. Our models are refined to simulate / mimic the physics of the respective race car, however this is only simulation.
To create and calibrate our models, we use in house development drivers. These are a mix of professional racing drivers and professional simulator drivers. By working with racing drivers who have driven the real car, we can use real data in our analysis suite and begin tuning the simulator model. Once a model is around 85% complete, we sit a simulator driver in the studio for a full day and begin generating bulk, consistent data - which is then used as a delta for bench-marking with our customers.
Circuit learning is one of the key benefits of using a simulator and it's for this reason why our models need to be not just physically accurate, but also visually. read more in Driver Development
The physics model controls the; surface, kerb, grass friction, gravel trap depth, kerb height, gradient change. Anything which generates surface friction (track, kerb, grass) is simulating how the dynamic simulator model sticks to the track. We work hard to ensure that the coefficient of friction (COF) or commonly known as "Mu" is as accurate as possible.
For our simulator application, which is fundamentally circuit learning and driver development, it is important for us to have the circuit models visually correct. At Simutec we purchase a lot of our circuit models and we do this to ensure quality. A lot of the models we have have been either based on circuits that have been laser scanned or developed over many months of intensive work.
We regularly modify the circuits based on annual changes. Changes such as re-surfacing, kerb modification / removal.