For our money Forza 3 is the best racing game money can buy, but if you’re a Formula 1 test driver then Ferrari has unveiled something on another level entirely.
The team has announced its brand new race simulator developed in conjunction with Moog and the FIAT Research Centre. It is located in a dedicated 180 square metre structure to hold it within the Gestione Sportiva division. Why such a large space? Because it weighs 200 tons and is fitted with electronically controlled actuators that weight approximately half a tonne each!
The (if you pardon the pun) horsepower? Brace yourself: 10 multiprocessor calculators producing over 5GB of race data per day, and a total of 60GB of RAM. On top of this is a 3500W Dolby Surround 7.1 sound system, while the installation itself required over ten kilometres of cabling and power output is around 130kW. Yep, that’s a little more oomph than your average Xbox. As for the driver, he is installed in front of five displays which give a total viewing angle in excess of 180 degrees.
“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 Scuderia Team Principal Stefano Domenicali. “Furthermore, I am pleased that such a complex project as this, which got underway around two years ago, has been completed on schedule thanks to the efforts of all those who worked on it.”
Duke Nukem Forever eat your heart out.
Prancing Horse engineer Andrea Bertolini broke in the new simulator with its first formal laps at the unveiling. Right now, there are few men we envy more…