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Simulator improves race cars and driver training

Simulator improves race cars and driver training Moog has delivered a high performance driving simulator to Dallara for race car test and simulation. Dallara had been looking for a way to effectively shorten product development time on its race cars and reduce the cost of testing and driver training compared to track testing. Dallara asked Moog - a market leader in electric 6 DOF (six degrees of freedom) motion bases - to provide the motion system and software for the driving simulator. The solution is based on high-fidelity motion simulation technology that has been successfully used in innovative systems for testing and training for the aerospace, defence and automotive industries for decades.

Dallara Automobili based in Varano Melegari, Italy provides design, engineering and support for some of the world's most competitive car racing teams. Since the driving simulator was delivered, Dallara has experienced a range of benefits from including saving training time and costs, eliminating potential problems and safety concerns with using a racetrack, enabling better evaluation of design choices and providing early feedback in the development process.

The high performance driving simulator was specially developed for test and simulation in motorsport. For this application, very low latency and high acceleration and velocity are required in order for race car drivers to experience the most accurate feel of the car's behaviour.

For the 6 DOF motion system, Moog designed new actuators that feature higher stiffness at lower weight in order to meet stringent frequency response specifications. The integration of a Moog control loading system to simulate the force feedback during steering, the special shape and construction of the dome, and the high quality visual system also helped improve the fidelity of the system.
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