Honda Racing Corporation USA confirmed on Thursday the opening of their new state of the art DIL (Driver In The Loop) simulator.

Speaking about the new simulator, Heado of Vehicle Performance Group at HRC US, Ben Schmitt said:

The new simulator is superior in every way to our original DIL simulator. “The vehicle physics models have continued to evolve from the original simulator, including the tire models, and our data acquisition capabilities are exponentially higher than previously. The new motion platform, cockpit and vision systems create a vehicle dynamics experience for the drivers that is our closest recreation yet of real-world conditions.”

Takuma Sato in the No.75 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda who finished 14th in Sunday’s 108th running the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in 14th place has used the new simulator and speaking about it, the Japanese driver said:

This simulator uses a completely new philosophy. The movement inside the car is much more immediate, the feeling the driver has is much more accurate. It feels a lot more realistic than anything I’ve experienced before. It’s a huge improvement. “We’re constantly looking for more correlation between the digital world and the real world. That is always a challenge. However, today the simulator model is very sophisticated, and now very close to the ‘real world’ – even in yaw, which was never possible before. You can feel what’s happening in the car more precisely, more accurately, than ever. It’s very impressive.”

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