Honda R&D Co. invests in a Delta S3 Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulator.

Honda R&D Co. has commissioned a Delta S3 DIL simulator. With a larger motion space and increased dynamic range, Honda R&D will use the simulator to develop future road and race vehicles and their associated technologies at its Sakura engineering facility.

Over ten years from its first collaboration with Ansible Motion, Honda R&D Co. was the first customer to commit to the Delta S3 DIL simulator, ahead of the recent announcements from BMW and Continental. Honda R&D played a key role in defining the S3’s core specification, which Ansible Motion says helped push the boundaries to deliver the most responsive dynamic motions and fidelity needed to develop new race cars, powertrains, ride, and steering and chassis feel as well as driver assistance technologies.

“Since 2011 Honda has trusted Ansible Motion’s Delta DIL simulators, enabling our engineers to develop better automotive technologies,” says Kazuharu Kidera, Chief engineer, HRD Sakura. “Its simulators advance our engineers’ understanding, support our young engineers to learn, and allow us to observe in a controlled environment how drivers, from professional motorsport through to everyday consumers, interact with new technologies. Furthermore, thanks to its open software architecture, we can integrate a variety of vehicle models alongside additional hardware- and software-in-the-loop.”

Honda envisages expanding the broad range of use cases.

“Other expected applications include understanding tyre wear, circuit acclimatisation and allowing drivers and engineers to experience scenarios such as new aero setups for our Super GT car or testing limit handling with and without dynamic stability control systems,” adds Kidera.

“We are immensely proud to be a trusted partner to Honda, providing DIL simulators and cooperating closely for 10 years. As the first to commit to this new generation of simulator, Honda’s input and ideas were crucial in achieving the performance now possible,” says Kia Cammaerts, technical director and founder of Ansible Motion. “We have always focussed on achieving highly dynamic and high-fidelity motion in all of the six degrees of freedom that define a vehicle’s movement. The new Delta S3 simulator expands on this in all areas, ensuring it meets the demands necessary to validate future automotive technologies and be a dependable tool for engineers through class-leading dynamics, immersion and motion.”