INDIANAPOLIS – The 48th annual BorgWarner Louis Schwitzer Award has been presented to Andrea Toso for the Dallara Indycar Simulator.
Toso is the Head of Research and Development and U.S. Racing Business Leader for Dallara. This is Toso’s second Louis Schwitzer Award.
Installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this spring, the IndyCar Simulator allows drivers and teams to quickly and cost-effectively evaluate the on-track performance of new race car components and system designs. The simulator consists of a patented 4-meter OD motion platform containing the cockpit from a Dallara Automobili DW12 race car complete with full driver controls, active seat belts, 180-degree video screen, Dolby surround audio system, and realistic sound and heat generators.
Patented 60-inch carbon struts move the platform to simulate actual on-track vehicle motion based on laser scan track profile and vehicle model inputs. The motion, audio and video are all controlled by Dallara-developed software.
Presented by engineers to engineers, the BorgWarner Louis Schwitzer Award recognizes individuals for innovation and engineering excellence in race car design associated with the annual Indianapolis 500. The winners are honored at an awards banquet, and their names are immortalized on the Schwitzer trophy on permanent display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The $10,000 award is sponsored by BorgWarner and presented to the winning engineer(s) by the Indiana Section of SAE International.
Established in 1967, the award memorializes Louis Schwitzer, an automotive pioneer, engineer and professional race car driver. Schwitzer won the first auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in 1909 and designed the “Marmon Yellow Jacket” engine that powered the Marmon Wasp to victory at the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. After working in the automotive industry for many years, Louis founded Schwitzer Corporation, which produced innovative cooling fans, water pumps and turbochargers. Schwitzer Corporation joined BorgWarner in 1999. Throughout his career, Louis enjoyed numerous technological accomplishments, supported higher education, led the IMS technical committee and maintained a strong association with SAE.