WilliamsF1 wrote:Think you are mistaken by the word simulators in f1 teams
It is more of a sofware driven tool rather than harware. The F1 teams simulators puts together a track data by combining various parmaters/test results from other individual testing equipment such as wind tunnel, suspension test rigs, and all other mechanical parametes. The simulators is used to verify/predict behavior of updates, rather than to provide a driver experience.
Most teams either develop the software inhouse/outsourced to their specific requirment
v This is not F1 guys call simulators, this is more for a driving experience
Dynamic Simulation tools are around for a long time one example is Adams which was used by Audi already when they entered sportscar racing and that was 199os at least it feels like decades..
The wording simulator is at least for me tied to a driver in the loop setup what as far as I understand is not really what is calculated in even the best simulations as the driver input and feedback is a main contributor to vehicle performance /exploitation.
The simulators are a must have todays but people who have worked with it a lot -likme Timo Glock stated it was very entertaining but you would have to question the relevance for development .
It is surely a superb tool to train your new driving talent and adapting your driver to all the possibilities and preparing him for what to expect from certain changes he can perform in cockpit.It will undoubtedly prepare a driver to better handle the pressure of a weekend but a simulator is unable to reproduce the real forces acting on the driver in a real car like driving through a 7 second 3g sustained cornering scenario ,or a massive 4 gs braking from 300kph to almost standstill.mechanical constraints will only allow short peaks of such acceleration as you need an awful lot of space (e.g.as sled big as a football field to accomodate sustained corneringand braking at 3and more gs.
This really is one of the reasons why some or most(?) drivers experince all levels of nausea in the simulator as the feedback to the driver does not match what you expect and thats causing your body to revolt realising you get fooled .
Wirth Reseachs Simulator is partly supplied by a dutch company ,Cruden who supplied also the Toyota simulator hardware.
I thought Ferrari and Mercedes had input from Kukko but looking at the hardware on the pictures it looks more like something else.