Dallara’s continued investment in cutting-edge technologies has reached its maximum in the construction of the first and only high-performance professional driving simulator, currently available on the market. The simulator provides engineers, teams and drivers the opportunity to test and develop the whole car setup and data analysis systems, to optimize driving skills and to learn new tracks.
The Dallara simulator offers a unique learning experience of its kind, in that it allows a driver to drive the same monocoque used on the track, with the same controls (pedals, brakes, dashboard) and the same level of feedback (steering and brake effort). Wearing a helmet is mandatory, as well as the gloves, shoes and race suit.
The advanced system of complete circuit simulation, obtained by high-accuracy laser scanning combined with a sophisticated multi-body model, allows replication of real car behaviour with unprecedented accuracy. The driver has the opportunity to learn not only the speed with which he must do a curve, but how the curve actually is; roughness of the terrain, bumps and curbs are entirely modelled thanks to the laser scanning data processing technology .
All Dallara cars are available, from Formula 3 to IndyCar, and the number of tracks available, already more than 30, is steadily increasing.
It is possible to change any car configuration parameter to meet the driver’s needs and test the changes in a controlled environment. The thermal model of the tyre allows the preparation of structures for both the qualifying stages and the race, considering the wear of the tyres, the characteristics of the track and weather conditions. All the changes can be imposed immediately via the user interface developed by Dallara. This has been specially designed to be user-friendly, to ensure data security and implementation speed.
The simulator allows to analyze the same data channels of a real car, with even greater precision given the absence of noise in the signal and of errors during tool calibration. The accuracy of the mathematical model has been carefully validated by professional drivers in several categories.
It is also possible to access a series of channels normally impossible to obtain on a real car (e.g., the exertion on the tyres). This allows a more detailed and careful analysis of the vehicle behaviour.
"You forget that you are in a simulator [...] you think you are on a real track".
- Tony Kanaan, IndyCar 2004 champion
"The simulator helped me to improve my driving style".
- Bertrand Baguette, IZOD IndyCar driver
"It goes beyond all expectations".
- Ben Hanley, official test driver for Pirelli