New simulator facility set for launch26 June 2012
The new Bhai Tech Advanced Vehicle Science Centre, based in northern Italy, will open to global customers this month. The centre will drive advancements in vehicle and racing driver development via its state-of-the-art full motion driver simulator, proven simulation and modelling software, driver development programmes (including an onsite fitness suite) and a wide range of on and off-track technology services. The company's on–track arm, Bhai Tech Racing, will also compete in selected rounds of the 2012 Italian GT Championship with a new McLaren MP4-12C.
Bhai Tech is the vision of Ferdinando Bada, the head of automotive OEM and motorsport supply companies Bimecc Engineering SPA, a market leader in manufacturing accessories, and APP TECH, a specialist producer of aluminium and magnesium forged wheels.
Bada's 30 years' industry experience includes co-ownership of a Formula 3000 team and most recently, a successful GP2 team. Sharing his passion for motorsport and running the company on a day-to-day basis is Bhai Tech's managing director, Keith Parmar.
The Bhai Tech team includes some of motorsport's most talented and renowned engineers. Vastly experienced and successful engineer and driver developer, Roberto Costa, is technical director. Costa has worked his way through all motorsport formulae (FF1600, Formula Opel Lotus, FF2000, F3, F3000 and GP2) for Ralt, Reynard, Draco Racing and Piquet Sport amongst others and developed F1 drivers such as Pastor Maldonaldo and Rubens Barrichello.
Fellow ex-Piquet Sport engineer Giuseppe Callea is head of vehicle dynamics, bringing a wealth of expertise in modelling, simulation and tyre development. The technical triumvirate is completed by multiple championship winner and expert engineer Stefano Alessi, who is head of engineering and has successfully, partnered Roberto Costa for over 10 years.
"Motorsport is rapidly changing and accurate simulation and exhaustive preparation are essential for teams that want more than an average performance. Bhai Tech is committed to researching and offering new, integrated methods to dramatically condense the learning process for drivers and engineers, as well as to exponentially expanding their potential," says Roberto Costa, technical director.
"Unlike most other motorsport engineering houses, Bhai Tech has been conceived from the outset to anticipate future needs and serve multiple customers with the most complete range of technical services, from under one roof. We are not tied to one customer, technology or area of expertise," he adds.
At the core of Bhai Tech's offering is its new 6-DOF driving simulator, developed with Cruden B.V., and backed up by an infrastructure to support customers throughout the process. Set up for both driver and vehicle development in a formula car configuration, the simulator is fully immersive with five off-board projectors and a 210° 8 m diameter curved screen.
The simulator – one of the world's most advanced full motion simulators that can be booked by appointment – has many advanced features including a revolutionary harness loading system and a sophisticated rear view mirror system, where the view behind the race car is played through screens and reflected onto the car's actual mirrors.A second, interchangeable GT car cockpit is under development. A vast library of global race tracks and vehicle models are available to drive.
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