Race Car Drivers Rev Up F1 Simulators to Prepare for World’s Top Racing Events

By: | June 10th, 2014

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel (Image Courtesy www.redbull.com)

Virtual Car Racing Can Be Exhilarating

World-class race car drivers typically have three places you can find them as they prepare for the upcoming racing season: 1) In their race cars burning up your typical “bricks and mortar” tracks 2) In bed asleep 3) At a Formula 1 practice facility inside a replica F1 simulator.

A company called Formula Factory, a global leader in simulator car production, produces the Ferrari Replica and the F1 Simulator. Manufacturing is in Europe with sales and marketing in Europe and the USA. The company is made up of racing industry veterans with years of experience in race car development and motorsports marketing.

Racing Pros Expect a Realistic Experience

In order to attract professional drivers, F1 simulators do not have the feel of a toy or a game, but of a realistic environment in which drivers can experience all of the F1 circuits. They develop the expertise they need on a racetrack layout and save tens of thousands of dollars in staff and fuel costs by using the simulator.

Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel regularly uses F1 simulators and is involved in testing upgrades to the system. At the present time, there are a few simulators available that are the same as those used by F1 drivers. At Raceview Karting in the UK, such a system is available to the public. Another driver, Mercedes F1’s Lewis Hamilton, regularly uses his team’s state-of-the-art simulator.

Formula 1 Full Size Racing Simulators cost $140,000. The following video shows Lewis Hamilton in an F1 Simulator practicing at the Bahrain Circuit:

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