Quietly, the riders we are still in the cockpit, and drive them in races. However, when it is said that the germans are “ahead” on some of the areas of the car, you need to specify: intended only as a means of road, or for racing? If it’s not already enough, in their most-wanted premium and the Mercedes F1, now comes news that a German (GTC Race) are allowed, cars with driving systems the “drive-by-wire”.
The concept is not only intended for a command implementation, such as the butterfly electronics. Here we talk about moving, or better to move to units even the steering. A passage that is not insignificant, given that the system, of course German, is approved in a series recognized in the AIF.
This is a production Schaeffler Paravan, a well-known name to those documented on certain prototypes to guide autonomous in the recent Salons, but also in the DTM or LMP1, where he has worked with Audi. The installation of such a system must be performed by certified company ISO-9001 standard , before being approved by the DMSB, the German Federation of motor sports. The safety factor is, in fact, important.
In this case, the competition cars will have the steering wheel “electronic” in all the senses. Something similar to what is in use for fitting guide dedicated to people with reduced mobility and that, to tell you the truth, we can do in Italy. Now enter in the races on the track, where they disappear in the mechanical connections direct between the classic steering wheel with the steering column and the wheels. Everything is entrusted to the sensors and actuators managed by the ecu.
It seems that will be at least four Audi R8 LMS GT3 or Porsche 911 GT3-R with such a system, deployed in 2020. A theoretical advantage of driving less aggressive and better consumer tires. We’ll see, after that the first tests have given good feedback. Of course the system is completely configurable, to adapt to the tastes and needs of cars, tires, tracks, and drivers. A road technology that is already open by time, but had not yet arrived at the certain levels of performance and dissemination “approved”.