Track visit in winter laid foundations for the simulations
For the record attempt on Tianmen Mountain, Volkswagen Motorsport began with an empty data set. “We drove up Tianmen Mountain in winter with a track logger, took photo and video cameras to get a detailed idea, and even used a tape measure at times on demanding sections,” says Stéphane Folio, Performance and Data Engineer at Volkswagen Motorsport. “We have meticulously collected data on the grip level and on the road, which forms the basis for our entire preparation for the actual record attempt.”
The engineers drove the 10.906-kilometre route several times at the beginning of 2019. They obtained data and information on track conditions, which formed the basis for an abstract 3D model that was used to determine the most important parameters. At very challenging locations – such as turn 88, which is particularly narrow with a radius of around six meters – the engineers resorted to a measuring tape in order to obtain values as precisely as possible for the requirements of the car.