A1GP Car – The Simulation
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport is making sure all its Season Four drivers and engineers have the chance to get to grips with the new Powered by Ferrari car thanks to a simulation program created specifically for the series by All In Sports.
Based in Modena, Italy, the simulator has been designed to educate both drivers and engineers in the specific operating and electronic systems of the new A1GP car, and will be invaluable for driver training. Under the management of Anton Stipinovich, Lead Consultant on Electronic Development, a key member of the test team in charge of the development program of the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, the system is overseen and operated by an expert engineering team with contemporary Formula 1 experience.
The state-of-the-art system has been exclusively designed and tuned to the unique characteristics of the new A1GP car. It covers the key aspects needed to train drivers and engineers, while the drivers gain experience with the electronics that control areas such as the engine, gearbox and steering wheel. Engineers and drivers can work through the telemetry and analyze software, resulting in faster vehicle performance development once on the track. Other key factors mean the drivers can improve their reaction times, learn new circuits and the characteristics of the Michelin tires. The engineers can watch the progress of their drivers in real time.
Italian Thomas Biagi, who has been one of the A1GP test drivers, has now been in both the car and the simulator so was in a perfect position to make the comparison: “It is definitely very helpful for drivers. Everything in the cockpit is the same, so when the drivers jump into the cockpit they already know and understand the software. The race tracks are very close to reality so this is very good training for drivers going to new circuits. I have worked with the (All In Sports) team to make the simulator as close to reality as possible. We are very happy with the result, and I would recommend any drivers who have the opportunity to spend some time on it before getting in the new Powered by Ferrari car to do so.”
Current A1GP World Champion A1 Team Switzerland also sent its star driver Neel Jani to spend some time on the system: “I liked it a lot. You can learn all the electronics and all the buttons on the steering wheel, which is particularly good for rookie drivers who come from series without electronics on the steering wheel. It’s definitely a good thing to do before getting in the car for the first time. For all drivers it’s a must so you know where everything is before you get in the car without the risk of damaging anything!”
Alan Jones MBE, seat holder A1 Team Australia: “I think any facility or equipment technology that helps a driver become familiar with a new circuit is a good thing. To have the race car simulated onto a track you may or may not have raced on is an excellent opportunity for A1GP drivers. I have recommended to our team we send our driver down to the facility before the season starts.”