Tour Ford’s Motorsports Tech Center—and Check out the Awesome Machinery Within

logo-car-and-driverAs one of his final acts as Ford’s president and CEO, Alan Mulally signed the check to upgrade the company’s humble Charlotte, North Carolina, NASCAR support center—affectionately known as the shack—to a lavish new facility conveniently located next door to NASCAR’s own R&D center in Concord, North Carolina. This one sparkling 33,000-square-foot building will serve several Ford Racing purposes—and we got a tour of the place and the cool gear inside.


"Ansible Motion, the same vendor that helped build McLaren’s simulator, collaborated with Ford on this project. Ford claims its sled has lower latency (delay reacting to commands) and higher frequency response than Honda’s new simulator, which uses a so-called “hexapod” configuration of six motor-driven ball-screw legs to provide motion."


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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 (