This is some pretty interesting news, Chevy is suggesting that the new Corvette will help GM with the production of more hybrids and EVs.
John Wilkinson, GM lead performance engineer, did a Q&A recently and says that some of the technology used in developing Corvette could trickle down to hybrids and EVs. We'll see how long it takes for the Corvette hybrid to make its debut.
Q: Tell us more about the Driver-in-the-Loop simulator.
A: Our Driver-in-the-Loop simulator is the combination of two technologies: a real-time computer (with vehicle hardware) and a driving simulator. The real-time computer runs the simulation of the virtual vehicle and enables the addition of vehicle software, electronic control units, traditional hardware — springs, dampers, stabilizer bars, etc. and chassis control systems — anti-lock brakes, stability control, etc.
The driving simulator allows our development engineers to drive and test the real-time computer simulation and added hardware system on a virtual track, just like they would a physical prototype. The Driver-in-the-Loop technology is so valuable in testing vehicle dynamics because we can easily blend actual vehicle components with a driving simulator.
Q: What role did it play in the development of the 2020 Corvette Stingray?
A: The driving simulator allowed us to integrate and test the new Corvette much earlier in the development process. We could evaluate how changes performed and how deviations to one system interacted with other systems in a virtual model, using the same physics and electronic control systems as a full prototype. This allowed us to streamline changes and strengthen vehicle performance throughout every stage of development.