Cranfield's sim really helped my progress and learning of the tracks I raced at in W Series this season. The team worked hard to perfect the car in order to make it as realistic as possible. It was a great tool that was an ingredient to my success in the series.
Throughout my driving career I have used many simulators to assist with my own development up to and including F1 level. The simulator at Cranfield is a great centre for all levels of driving especially with the hardware they have developed for F1 teams. Simulation has become a big part of motorsport in recent years so coaching in this environment has become as essential area for those looking to progress towards the front of the grid.
Practising rallying is never easy with the lack of time available in the car so Cranfield's simulator offers the perfect opportunity to develop and maintain your focus and physical ability. As well as competing myself, I have also been coaching for a few years and the simulator has become a vital tool to help me achieve my goals both as a driver and a coach. Using the intercom system I can provide one on one coaching in real time or you can bring your co-driver and practice your pace note writing and communication.
One of the most powerful aspects of the simulator is the core skills you develop on it translate very well into a real-life circuit situation without the cost related factors associated with testing/racing a car. These are the core mechanics which we would look to grow and nurture to give you as close an experience as you can get to the real thing in a controlled environment.
This simulator is probably the best I have ever driven, mainly because of the seat.