Think the wheel, pedal, and shifter driving simulator setup you have at home is already high end? Well, BMW Motorsport has a new driving sim that would make yours look very basic. Quite simply, the one located at BMW Motorsport in Munich is unlike any other in the world… well, that’s according to the Bavarian marque.
The German automaker has just revealed their newest racing simulator to be used by drivers of both the ABB FIA Formula E Championship or the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series. Aside from helping drivers learn a new track and fine-tune the racing line, the new sim enables “precise optimizations” of vehicle setups. At the same time, it also supports the development of up and coming race cars.
“The BMW Motorsport simulator is a very important and useful tool for us in training the drivers, preparing our race appearances in terms of car set-up and energy management, and last but not least, also in car development,” said Rudolf Dittrich, General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development.
What makes the BMW Motorsport simulator unique is that the detailed car model in which the driver sits. The “shell” can also be replaced by either the M4 DTM or their Formula E challenger – the iFE.20, depending on the driver. There are various tracks available to choose from as well such as the Nurburgring and even city tracks part of the Formula E calendar. Three projectors then display the racetrack on the big screen. Meanwhile, a system of linear actuators and a turntable replicate suspension and G-forces to give drivers the best immersion possible.
“The unique configuration of the hardware, continuous detailing of the software and modeling, the very close correlation with real data and the high computer performance make even the smallest changes in vehicle set-up or the development of new cars noticeable and comparable. The compatibility with other BMW Group simulators brings about many synergies and a continuous transfer of technology and knowledge between motorsport and production development,” adds Dittrich.
According to BMW, a total of 19 racing drivers have already driven in the simulator in addition to BMW works drivers from DTM and the Formula E championships. Now, if we can only get the chance to try out their simulator. It would make for a past time during the quarantine.