Advanced Navigation’s Spatial Dual system was integrated into a hydrogen electric racing car, the Forze VI.
Spatial Dual is a ruggedized miniature GPS aided inertial navigation system and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation under the most demanding conditions. It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with a dual antenna RTK GNSS receiver. The Spatial Dual system was used to gather data for the torque vectoring system that was implemented. Spatial Dual’s high accuracy heading allowed the slip angle to be measured to determine which rear wheel required more power at each moment.
With no less than former Formula 1 racer Jan Lammers at the wheel, the Forze VI raced through 73 challenging corners, and completed the 21 kilometres of world class racing track in under 11 minutes. Never before has any other racing car with a hydrogen fuel cell completed the track so fast, making a clear statement about the potential of this technology and its place in the automotive industry.
With the insights provided by the Spatial Dual data, the Forze VI was able to reach top speeds of 170km/h on the track. With some optimizations and tweaks, the car will theoretically reach a top speed of 220km/h, along with 0 to 100km/h acceleration within a mere 4 seconds.
Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZjbfZvXm2c
Complete lap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-g5hXF8qAk