Prema Racing, one of Europe’s most successful motor racing teams, upgraded its existing simulator hardware with Cruden’s Panthera software suite to enable more complex race car set-up and development work.
While Prema Racing’s incumbent simulator was reasonably good for driver training and track learning, it wasn’t realistic enough to be used for car development or setup optimisation and was not really open to development by its engineers. The team decided to make better use of its capabilities by adding new software.
Cruden upgraded the simulator by installing its open-architecture Panthera simulator software suite. The project involved integrating the team’s hardware and setting up the Cruden Simulink Vehicle Model (CSVM).
Engineers at Prema Racing can now analyse data generated by the simulator to help optimise car set-ups, as well as to build the experience of young drivers in F4, F3 and F2. Among the benefits from the addition of Panthera, cited by the team, are:
Better platform cueing to improve driver immersion
Better performing and more efficient image rendering and a higher display frequency
Better control of steering force feedback and belt-tensioner cueing
More realistic car and tyre models
Better correlation between simulation and real-driving.
The upgrade package is becoming a popular offer to race teams who want to progress to professional simulator software, without the investment in completely new simulator hardware.
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