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Virtual Manual Transmission

Frank Kurrle (Porsche), 
Frank Sayer (Porsche), 
Company: Porsche AG, Germany
Published: dSPACE NEWS 2007/1, Feb 2007

The feel of a manual transmission is a brand-specific feature, and an important factor in customer test drives. Development of a specific gear-shift feel begins right back at the definition stage, when real prototype parts are not yet available. And virtual simulations cannot provide feel. Porsche closed the gap between virtual simulation and the actual drivetrain by developing a shift force simulator. At its core is powerful dSPACE real-time hardware that uses a Porsche simulation model to control the simulator actuators so as to provide a realistic gear-shift feel.

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