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Ferrari Unveils World's Most Advanced Racing Simulator

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Ferrari Unveils World's Most Advanced Racing Simulator

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…

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Keldon

December 27, 2009, 5:04 am

Suddenly buying an Xbox just for Forza seems the cheap option :)

FreQ

December 27, 2009, 6:43 am

Sounds good - no pics?! Tease :p





Forza is the best mass market racer, but if we are talking proper simulators (and I guess we are seeing as this is an F1 Racing Simulator) then RFactor, iRacing and GTR2 still rule the roost, even if they don't look quite as funky as Forza or GT.





Post some pics of that 180 degree view please :D

Gordon394

December 27, 2009, 10:45 pm

@FreQ - only pic Ferrari has issued is that up close cockpit shot. I agree: the teases!

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