• Dec 28th 2009 at 9:58AM
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If Scuderia Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa don't do well in qualifying next year, it won't be because they didn't have the best tools with which to practice. Ferrari has built a driving simulator that could well be the Ferrari of driving simulators. It took two years to build, is 18-feet high, takes up two stories and received assistance from Moog, a control systems maker primarly known for its work wit the U.S. military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The sim rests a base that, by itself, weighs two hundred tons, and on top of that are a platform and actuators that support the aluminum and composite driving structure. The driver watches his progress on five displays good for more than 180 degrees of viewing, and hears his progress through a 3,500-watt Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound system. It has ten microprocessors and 60GB of RAM, and produces 5GB of data per day.

Oh, and it puts out 130 kW of power. Some perspective: the average American home is said to use 25 kW of power a day. Ferrari will hope it helps power at least one of its drivers to the crown.

[Source: Ferrari]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Eleventy Billion Dollars to build, and they can't design a pair of cool looking eyewear for this thing?

      Please Ferrari, explain the need for two-tone plastic aviators. We're all listening...
        • 5 Years Ago
        true...If that is an IR tracker (idk for sure), they could have just attached it to an elastic band to put over your forehead...no need for glasses, unless they are taking precision into consideration by taking head movement data straight from your line of sight. ah well
        • 5 Years Ago
        Er...what if that guy needs to wear glasses (like Sebastian Bourdais)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You have all missed it. A 200 ton simulator? 400,000 pounds. How much does an F1 cockpit, HD screens and other bits weigh? I am assuming the "car" moves to simulate cornering, acceleration, and braking using hydraulic systems. Seems like a lot.

      I want a photo of the whole thing, not a close up of this guy. And, wouldn't the user wear a helmet as a part of the simulator? If not, you don't need the driving gloves and nomex suit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Puts out" 130kW? By that I guess you mean it has 250 Horsepower worth of actuators?

      Also, the average house doesn't use 25kW of power a day, 25kW is a rate of power use, I think you mean 25kW-hours (kWh) worth of power a day.

      Assuming this thing consumes 130kW of power (100% efficiency), and you run it for 12 minutes a day it would take 25kWh of power a day.

      I don't get actuator sims. You cannot simulate lateral Gs, so all you end up doing is shaking the thing instead. How's that a simulation?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. Do they mean "consume," not "put out"? Otherwise one is stating that this simulator is some sort of generator.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Do I really have to wear these dorky glasses?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Soooo why was Eugene Levy one of the first to test it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMG you beat me to it... a while ago...
      • 5 Years Ago
      When did Ferrari hire Eugene Levy?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just got hired for American Pie Racing...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the average American home is said to use 25 kW of power a day."

      It should be 25 kWh of electricity a day.