Formula 1 Simulator By Cranfield Is In A League Of Its Own

This is it. Look no further. As of today, you and I are no longer settling for any milquetoast DIY console packs, average portable experiences, not even this $270,000 game station we were drooling about just a few months ago… because Cranfield Simulation has dropped the daddy of all Formula 1 Simulator rigs. One that’s levels above anything we’ve ever seen and truly in a league of its own.

Leveraging the same technology used in military simulators designed to train fighter pilots, Cranfield Simulation has managed to engineer a full-motion simulator capable of recreating the conditions you’d be confronted with in the cockpit of an actual F1 race car – complete with the sensation of belting it 200 MPH and all the G-force that comes with it.

“Most simulators used in motorsport are little more than fairground rides,” says Ian Poll, Cranfield University Professor of Aerospace Engineering.



“This system, however, 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.”

In addition to its accurate feel, Cranfield Simulation has also taken the liberty to ensure every single-seat chassis is formed from a real F1 mould, positioning would-be drivers in the exact seating positions as real F1 drivers. As you will have noted from the images above, the steering wheel, pedals, and every other motorsport control also look and play the part, adapted to communicate with the rig’s software.

Here are the specifications for each level of rig:

Sport (Advanced Entertainment)

  • Motion system 
    Static 
  • Exterior Colour 
    One single flat colour 
  • Interior Trim
    Black alcantara finish with black stitching
    Cockpit lined with carpet for added comfort
  • Steering Wheel 
    Real steering wheel used in F3 racing series
    featuring full colour LCD screen 
  • Pedals 
    Advanced pedals with loadcell force reading
    on brake pedal 
  • Seat 
    Generic seat to fit a wide range of sizes 
  • Visuals 
    VR headset with 42” external viewing screen 
  • Software 
    Pre-installed software for entertainment and
    entry to online e-sports racing 
    Choose from many different cars and tracks
    from around the world 
  • Computer 
    Professionally built and powerful state of the
    art computer with water coolin

Race (Professional Driver Training)

  • Motion 
    Four post motion platform (pitch, roll, heave) 
    Rear traction loss system (yaw) 
    G-seat airbag system for sustained g-cueing 
  • Exterior Colour 
    Two colour metallic finish 
  • Interior Trim 
    Black alcantara finish with stitching to match
    exterior colour
    Cockpit lined with carpet for added comfort
  • Steering Wheel 
    Real 2018 steering wheel used by F2 racing
    series featuring customisable full colour LCD
    screen 
  • Pedals 
    Real pedal set with hydraulic brake caliper
  • Seat 
    Custom moulded seat to your body shape 
  • Visuals 
    Triple wrap around 1080p Projection System 
  • Computer 
    Professionally built and powerful state of the
    art computer with water cooling systems 
  • Software 
    Pre-installed software for driver training 
    Highly realistic car models designed and tuned
    with feedback from many of the world’s top
    race drivers 
    Laser scanned and GPS tracks for near perfect
    accuracy 
    Telemetry software to aid with driver coaching
    supplied on external computer and monitor 
  • Coaching Packages (additional fees apply) 
    Professional race driver remote coaching 
    Professional race driver on site visitations

Dynamic (Bespoke/Baller)

  • Motion Options 
    Static 
    Four post motion platform (pitch, roll, heave) 
    Rear traction loss system (yaw) 
    G-seat airbag system for sustained g-cueing 
  • Choose your colour 
    Metallic or Non Metallic, matte or gloss finishes 
    Create your own custom livery or choose from
    the preset designs 
  • Choose your interior trim 
    Material 
    Colour 
    Stitching 
    Logo/Name 
    Bare Carbon Fibre 
  • Choose your steering wheel 
    F1 
    F2 
    F3 
  • Choose your Pedals 
    Advanced pedals with loadcell force reading
    on brake pedal 
    Real pedal set with hydraulic brake caliper
  • Choose your seat 
    Custom moulded seat to your body shape 
    Generic seat that fits a wide range of sizes 
  • Choose your visual option 
    VR Headset with 42” external viewing screen 
    Triple 4k 50” Screens 
    Triple wrap around 1080p Projection System
  • Computer
    Professionally built and powerful state of the
    art computer with water cooling systems 
  • Coaching Packages 
    Professional race driver remote coaching 
    Professional race driver on site visitation 
  • Customised Driver Clothing 
    Helmet 
    Race Suit 
    Gloves and Boots 
  • Software 
    Pre-installed software for driver training 
    Telemetry software to aid with driver coaching
    supplied on external computer and monitor 
    Pre-installed software for entertainment and
    entry to online e-sports racing

How much will a Formula 1 Simulator from Cranfield Simulation set you back? That information is only divulged to those who reach out – i.e. the more serious buyers – which is generallt a pretty clear indication of when something is… pricey.

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