A new kind of sim

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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

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