Ansible Motion has installed a GBP2m vehicle simulator, claimed to be one of most advanced, at its base in Hethel, Norfolk (also home to automaker Lotus).

The facility at the Hethel Engineering Centre is used to develop and showcase simulation technologies for testing and developing vehicles in a virtual environment.

The Delta series simulator has a six degrees of freedom motion system powered by 16 5GHz computers with five projectors offering a frame rate five times that of a cinema projecting a 240 degree wrap around view on an eight metre screen. The centre also has a full control room to monitor up to 300 channels of data, a separate viewing gallery and secure conference rooms.

“Simulators such as [this] offer vehicle manufacturers a no-compromise method to reduce development costs and time,” said Ansible Motion founder Kia Cammaerts. “[It] has cut the validation time from 10 days to just three for an electronic stability control programme for one carmaker. Apply those kinds of savings in cost and time across the whole car and it explains why we are now getting more and more enquiries from global OEMs to see what our simulator can do. This centre will enable automotive engineers to assess how our simulator performs and it also serves as an internal development resource to ensure our simulators.”