After flight simulators it’s now the turn for Formula 1 teams to make simulators to practice better for their extra competitive races. The heat seems to be on Ferrari as they launched a brand new simulator machine within the Gestione Sportiva. Ferrari CEO Andrea Bertolini drove the first virtual lap at the simulator wheel! Built with Moog’s technical help, the simulator is made with aluminum parts and composite structures fitted the cockpit and the equipment that produces required images and sound. The platform on which it resides, is around two tons in weight and has electronically controlled actuators, which weigh around half a ton each.
The whole structure is fitted on a specially designed and built base, weighing two hundred tons. It is controlled by ten multiprocessors with over 60 GB of RAM, which produces around 5GB of data per day. It comes fitted with a Dolby Surround 7.1 sound system of 3500 W. The installation used just over ten kilometers length of cable, generating around 130 kW worth of power.
The simulator is currently kept in a building measuring 180 square meters, with its own control room. The simulator’s platform takes up a surface area of around eight meters in width and length and six meters in height. The driver seat is located in front of five displays, giving the rider over 180 degrees of viewing angle.