Tech podcast: Secrets of F1 simulators

the-race-podcast-logoThis week’s episode of The Race F1 Tech Show takes a deep dive into the world of Formula 1 simulators.

Edd Straw interviews Kia Cammaerts, founder and technical director of Ansible Motion, provider of the kind of high-fidelity Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulation tools used by F1 teams.

The in-depth interview (23:15 - 42:45) covers how DIL simulator technology has developed over recent decades, how teams and drivers use simulators as performance tools, and even where the technology might take the sport in the future.


Cammaerts describes the evolution of DIL simulators in motorsport as a mirror of the technical evolution of the vehicles themselves:

"We're moving toward software-defined vehicles where software is dominating the character of the cars. DIL simulators provide a flexible tool chain that can not only be used for the usual marginal gains . . . but also in ways that allow complete freedom to operate. The real case for DIL is that human drivers must be able to extract real world performance from proposed systems."

Regarding the future of DIL, Cammaerts identifies the emerging technologies related to monitoring human sensory perception – including new data collection techniques for cognitive loading, fatigue detection, and more.

Listen to the full interview on the The Race podcast website.


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About Ansible Motion

Founded in 2009, Ansible Motion creates and deploys technology associated with the physical and logical simulation of human-experienced vehicles. We offer a range of automotive Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulators featuring advanced computational and mechanical performance capabilities, and industry-unique motion and immersion solutions that create compelling virtual worlds for drivers and product development engineers.

Ansible Motion DIL simulators are used by automotive and research organisations around the globe to place real people into direct contact with imagined vehicles, on-board systems and situations. Our DIL simulators are designed, built and developed at our factory and R&D Centre in Hethel, England.

In 2022 we were acquired by AB Dynamics plc (