Engineering students get a glimpse of advanced simulation

Ansible Motion Simulator at Hethel

Automotive engineering students from Cranfield have been given insight into the latest advanced driver-in-the-loop simulation technology at Ansible Motion.

Simulator manufacturer Ansible Motion recently opened its doors to students from Cranfield University’s Automotive Engineering and Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc courses. The event gave the students a rare opportunity to familiarise themselves with the technology that’s used by top OEMs and Formula 1 teams.

The day began with a presentation from Ansible Motion technical director and founder Kia Cammaerts, outlining the key challenges involved in developing an effective driver-in-the-loop simulator. Dan Walmsley, team principal of Strakka Racing, then explained the relevance of virtual testing from a racing team’s perspective and the benefits it provides.

Following a technical tour of Ansible Motion’s facility, which includes a state of the art development simulator, the students were given the opportunity to experience driving in the virtual world first-hand.

“It was a fantastic day and a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience of one of the most advanced simulators,” commented Marco Bertulies-Esposito, Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc student. “We were able to gain an understanding of the role of simulators in motorsport and automotive development. It was fascinating to see the depth of engineering involved in creating a realistic simulation.”

For Ansible Motion, it provided an opportunity to engage with the next generation of motorsport engineers – something which Cammaerts clearly enjoyed.

“I was delighted to see the enthusiasm of these students,” he adds. “We’ve always prided ourselves on asking questions at Ansible Motion and it’s great to see the same curiosity in the engineers of tomorrow. Hopefully we provided some answers that will stand them in good stead in their future careers.”

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