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This is the ultimate home racing simulator

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Off all the simulators out there none of them will beat the F1 Simulator from Cranfield Simulation. If you have not heard of them, they have supplied simulators to F1, NASCAR and race teams from other motorsport disciplines for driver training and testing.

The F1 simulator is made from Cranfield Simulation's patented technology that originally belonged to military solutions used to train fighter jet pilots. The system is designed to trick the brain into feeling G-force sensations to create the most realistic driving experience available.

Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Craneld University Ian Poll says "(This system) uses a variety of carefully tailored inputs to the body’s sensory system and the driver’s brain interprets these to be the result of real accelerations being applied to the body. If the brain believes it, simulation becomes reality and the training value is considerably enhanced.

The F1 simulator looks like a proper driver's shell/cockpit of an F1 car on cinder blocks, that is because it is based on a real F1 mould. Once seated inside the cockpit, you are in the exact position of an F1 driver. Then you have the proper dashboard, steering wheels and pedals that have been created to be as realistic as possible.

Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

The simulator is based on the YAW platform. This is found at the floor of the machine and works well to simulate lateral acceleration (could include loss of aero) along with simulating the loss of traction at the rear wheels. The simulator also has D-box suspension to simulate suspension and shock absorbers to feel as much of the track as possible, so you will feel the kerb and the yellow bumpers when you go over them.

The seat has built-in airbags to simulate a couple of Gs while you are cornering Eau Rouge going into Raidillon or Signes at Circuit de Paul Ricard or Maggots/Becketts at Silverstone.

A general idea on how the movement happens for a realistic simulation. Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

A general idea on how the movement happens for a realistic simulation. Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

The simulator allows you to select any car, built to a specification and race it on any circuit in the world.

There are two brilliant things about this simulator. Firstly, it is completely bespoke down to the seat you sit in, any colour or livery option and even interior trims. Secondly, this is a plug and play system that is easy to transport too, all you have to do is set up, plug it in and play.

Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulation

So, how much will this cost you? To get the complete experience with the D-Box suspension, YAW platform, PRO system and G-seat will cost you £129,000. But, the starting point of this simulator will cost £25,000 for the static one.

But, Cranfield Simulation also offers a GT simulator with a GT seating position it offers the flexibility to simulate a much wider range of race cars or supercars but, this will cost you £16,250 to £89,000. In my opinion, I will still go for the F1 simulator.

The GT simulator. Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulator

The GT simulator. Pic Credit: Cranfield Simulator

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  • Expensive as I had thought...

      26 days ago
  • I’ll go with the GT version. With the wider range of versatility it should be able to simulate off-road too. Now if I can just convince my wife...🤔

      24 days ago
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