Tech F1i: A visit to Renault at Enstone - The Simulator

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LOOKING AHEAD

Ben Morgan underscores the preliminary or experimental role of the simulator as a means of evaluating concepts rather than specific components during the development process.

โ€œOur development work depends on where we are in the development process,โ€ explains the British engineer.

โ€œVery early on, we are looking at concepts, and not really at a concrete front wing. We are looking at the direction we want to go in.

โ€œFor example, we might want to create a front wing with more downforce in one part of the corner but less in another one because we think it is a better compromise. It is just some numbers, it is not a real part.

โ€œThen, later on, when things have been evaluated in the wind tunnel, we get numbers relating to a particular part. We can evaluate that and understand how to exploit it and make the best of it.

โ€œThen, depending on the state of the other parts of the car, we might test a new part with the rest of the car being the 2018 car or with the 2019 suspension.

โ€œIt depends on what is available and on what is appropriate. We can mix and match quite easily because it is just numbers in the end.โ€