Remember when computers used to take up a whole building, or something just as big? Neither do we, but Ferrari has a new racing simulator that requires its own building and approximately 1900 square feet of floor space, roughly the size of an average American single-family home. The setup weighs in at an astonishing 200 tons.
When it comes to its racing budget, Ferrari never seems to run out of money. The simulator features five screens with more than 180 degrees of viewing capability, and acoustics delivered via a 7.1-channel Dolby surround sound system pumping out eardrum-bleeding 3500 watts. The simulator is controlled by 10 multiprocessor calculators that feature 60GB of RAM.
"It's an important day for us as the completion of this project means we will now be able to tackle with confidence some of the challenges that make up modern-day Formula 1, while putting Ferrari at the cutting edge in terms of this technology," said Stefano Domenicali, Scuderia team principal. "Furthermore, I am pleased that such a complex project as this, which got underway around two years ago, has been completed on schedule thanks to the efforts of all those who worked on it."
The development was a joint project between Ferrari and Moog, a global leader in motion control technology.