A new kind of sim
So Mr Meaden would like to see investment into simulators so that we can get our driving kicks, fearing that the real-world ability of today’s fast cars is beyond what the real-world can handle (column, evo 237).
I propose a better solution. I want car manufacturers to invest in their switchable modes so that I can toggle between different ‘ favourite cars’. With connected dynamic systems controlling engine, transmission, steering and suspension, and with torque-rich, instant-responding hybrid power plants, we have all the ingredients in place already. Surely it is no leap of faith to move from today’s Eco/comfort/ Sport/race to, say, Lotus Cortina/mk1 Golf GTI/E46 M3/F355?
Active suspension and steering systems will take care of the feel and handling, while the drivetrain mimics those of the chosen cars. Sound generators will have their part to play in the illusion as well. The result will be instant rewards at lower speeds – and we’ll all get to beat the over-inflated classic market at the same time. Mark J