Ferrari Debuts New Simulator at Maranello

Ferrari recently launched their brand new simulator at their headquarters in Maranello, making yet another step into creating a good development base for their 2010 challenger (and its successors). Following a year of development, the new simulator was unveiled by the Scuderia in the presence of F1 team principal Stefano Domenicali and the company's CEO Amedeo Felisa.

It's an important day for us as the completion of this project means we will now be able to tackle with confidence some of the challenges that make up modern-day Formula 1, while putting Ferrari at the cutting edge in terms of this technology,” said Domenicali, according to the press release from the Maranelo based team.

As far as the technical stuff about the new simulator goes – the first virtual laps were driven by Andrea Bertolini – here are some facts regarding its developments, as provided by the Scuderia.

(...) consists of an aluminium and composite structure in which are fitted the cockpit and the equipment which produces the images and sound. The platform weighs around two tonnes and is fitted with electronically controlled actuators that way around half a tonne each. The whole structure is fitted on a specially designed and built base, weighing two hundred tons. The whole is controlled by ten multiprocessor calculators with a total memory of over 60 GB of RAM: the amount of data that can be produced is around 5GB per day.

It features a Dolby Surround 7.1 sound system, putting out 3500 W. The installation required over ten kilometres of cabling and power output is around 130 kW. The simulator is housed in a building measuring around 180 square metres, on two floors, which includes the control room. The platform covers a surface area of around eight metres wide by the same length and is six metres high. The driver is installed in front of five displays, which give a total viewing angle in excess of 180°,” added the press release.
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