Ferrari’s official online virtual simulator has been revealed today. Called the Ferrari Virtual Academy, it débuts at the Italian Grand Prix with the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team.
The virtual simulator, developed in collaboration with Ferrari drivers Alonso, Massa and Fisichella plus its engineers, enables you to experience all the sensations of driving an F10 Formula One car virtually.
It allows aficionados from all over the world to compete with each other on the Fiorano circuit, for the first release. Mugello and Nürburgring will be added later. The Ferrari Virtual Academy is the only virtual simulator for PCs to faithfully reproduce the Ferrari F10 Formula One car.
The challenge of the Ferrari Virtual Academy was to create a version of the simulator used to train Ferrari’s drivers that everyone could use on their own PC. It started with an analysis of authentic data from the car, the aerodynamic effects, tire characteristics plus engine and chassis behavior as well as all elements of the transmission. The work of the development team – 12,000 hours, 15 experts, the use of 3D graphics technology and data processing, was assisted by the commitment of the same Ferrari drivers, who tested the simulator in order to optimize its performance.
The simulator faithfully reproduces the cockpit and steering wheel of the F10, thus revealing all its controls and functionality.
By studying videos filmed by the drivers with a helmet cam, the game is able to respond realistically to the stresses of the track and the G forces the driver is subjected to. It has been reproduced to recreate the tension the neck muscles are subjected to when driving an F1 car.
The dynamic modeling of the car was followed by a comparison of the real and virtual telemetric data of the F10. The analysis of the simulated laps, turn after turn, enabled targeted interventions to refine the dynamic behavior and achieve a driving experience and response to controls with the utmost realism. This was also made possible thanks to the physics engine, which works at 1000Hz frequency to calculate all the forces that act on the car every millisecond.
Driving aficionados will be able to record their own time online, taking part in an international tournament, which will reward the highest ranking virtual drivers each week with Ferrari products.
At the end of the tournament, five drivers ranked as fastest will win a trip to Maranello, the heart of Ferrari. They will pass through the gates of Fiorano and take part in the exclusive Ferrari Driver Academy course.
The simulator can be purchased online from www.ferrarivirtualacademy.com
Minimum system requirements:
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 32/64-bit
Processor: XP: 1.8 GHz or higher; Vista/Seven: 2.4 GHz or higher
Memory: XP: 1 GB; Vista/Seven: 2 GB
Video Card: GeForce 6800 GT* or higher / ATI 9800 PRO* or higher
Space on disk: 1 GB
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
Internet Connection: modem/ADSL
Input: keyboard, mouse, joypad, joystick, steering wheel/pedals, configuration of multiple controllers with at least 2 analogue axes
Compatible with: Nvidia 3D Vision; Track IR Enhanced; Matrox TripleHead2Go