8/22/2011

Audi and Sony at the Races—Simulated, But Awfully Real

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Engineers from quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm created the purpose-built Audi R8 LMS shown here in six weeks.

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Engineers from quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm created the purpose-built Audi R8 LMS shown here in six weeks.

And while those who get behind the wheel may feel as though they are actually racing in the carbon-black car (unlike the GT3 cars, this one has a seat for a passenger, too), including appropriate centrifugal forces, this is actually a racing simulator that was developed by Audi and Sony PlayStation. It was unveiled last week in Cologne at a game trade fair, gamescom.

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The R8 simulator includes the “real” gauges with necessary data. Turning the steering wheel sends information to steering angle sensors that are used by the PlayStation-3 system. In addition, the paddle shifters and pedals are also setup to send signals to the microprocessor.

To assure a sense of racing fidelity, there is a Dolby Surround system that provides the audio input that would be characteristic of a race, and the vehicle has pneumatic cylinders in place of the standard springs and dampers so the body can move by as much as 150 mm during a “race.”

Just a game? Sure doesn’t look like it, does it?

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