Our Driver-in-Loop (DiL) simulator is a state-of-the-art facility located at our factory in Brackley, using sophisticated lidar-scanned, 3D track maps and detailed virtual models of the car.
Computer simulations utilise these virtual models and pair them with a “virtual driver” to complete thousands of computer laps. In the DiL, the “virtual driver” is replaced by a real one, and it’s their job to complete running on our sophisticated F1 rig – which replicates the layout of a real F1 chassis and cockpit - and provide feedback to the engineers.
The role of a simulator driver spans before, during and after a Formula One race weekend, working with the two race drivers and a group of engineers to understand set-up changes, the feel of the car and improve our understanding of it.
We have an exciting roster of simulator drivers in our Team who all use their different experience levels and motorsport backgrounds, to contribute to making our car faster on the track.
These include long-time simulator drivers in Brackley such as Anthony Davidson, to fresher faces such as our Junior Driver, Frederik Vesti and Charlie Eastwood. Tom Gamble, Jake Hughes and Ben Barnicoat are also frequently in our simulator.