Improving Performance through the Use of Driver-in-the-Loop Simulations
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With practical, financial and legislative restrictions on real-world testing, Driver-in-the-Loop simulation has become one of the cornerstones of professional motorsport. It now plays a vital role in everything from concept design to driver training. Recent advances at Ansible Motion with this tool have made sports car development at Honda R&D Sakura more powerful.
The Virtual World
Since the early 2000s, the use of Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulations in motorsport has come from a few well-funded Formula 1 teams to a tool used worldwide, embraced in virtually all forms of professional motorsport. The most obvious benefit of using DIL simulators in a motorsport environment is the ability to accumulate additional mileage. Most top-level motorsport series restrict the amount of track-based testing that the teams are allowed to carry out . As such, a DIL simulator is an invaluable tool for evaluating potential design changes or setup options as well as driver familiarization.