Digital-Motorsports.com at AutoSport International
As The Dust Settles....
As the dust settles on a very successful trip to AutoSport International in the NEC Birmingham, here is a recap of the weekend and all the amazing exclusives that we had on our stand.
Our stand had the perfect of mix of products both on display and set up to try on our simulators.
It was very important to us, that we show our full range of turn-key simulator solutions, with all the different types of racing represented. We had a Karting Sim, a Drift/Rally Sim, a Formula Sim and finally an all-singing, all-dancing Ultimate Motion Sim for Circuit Racing.
We teamed up with Asetek Simsports to bring a UK exclusive to our stand. We had Asetek products on our Formula Sim and our Drift/Rally rig, this was the first time that the team at Digital Motorsports got a chance to use the full range from Asetek and put it to the test in terms of set up and performance. To say we were very impressed would be an understatement!
Of particular interest was our Asetek Drift/rally setup. Typically the bulk of R&D goes into circuit racing (in terms of the product's development) so it was a pleasure to find that our resident virtual drifting expert was able to dial in an incredible drift setup with relative ease, in a short space of time. The Forte wheelbase and pedals proved to be the perfect pairing for both drift and rally. Watch this space for hydro's and sequential's from Asetek! They already had working prototypes at the ADAC sim expo and they look INCREDIBLE!
The surprise winner, especially with young karters was our O-Rouge Karting Sim. This dynamite little sim packs a punch with a Simucube pro wheelbase and Heusinkveld Sprint pedals, giving you an amazing true-to-life karting experience. If you thought you didn’t need a karting sim, I can guarantee you would rethink that decision after having a go in this.
The Ultimate Experience
If you were lucky enough to use the Ultimate Sim we had at AutoSport International you would have been one of the first in the world to use many of the products on this one.
From UK firsts to a World Exclusive we were very proud to have this on our stand.
Starting with the BavarianSimTec Omega Pro Formula/GT wheel, this beautiful piece of engineering cannot help but make you swoon. It is one of the most advanced sim racing steering wheels on the market with clever detail as all buttons, dials and rockers are ergonomically placed around the central HighRes 4" VoCore display.
We also had the full spectrum of Cube Control Steering Wheels to display on the stand.
In another UK exclusive we partnered with Simucube to showcase their brand new ActivePedal.
This revolutionary new product is the biggest jump in sim racing technology we have seen in years and getting us ever closer to the 1:1 real life experience of racing a car. One Active pedal unit is used for throttle, brake and clutch. The feel, travel and haptic feedback is all controlled electronically through a simple user interface. The system is fully customizable and can also replicate ABS, traction control, and engine/chassis vibrations. Essentially you could replicate the pedal feel of any vehicle in the world in just a few seconds, without getting up from your seat - it's really clever stuff and comes with the usual Simucube quality!
Hands On Performance
Last but definitely not least, we are incredibly proud to present a World Exclusive. The Hands On Performance HC1 - A sim racing hand control, designed to make sim racing more accessible and inclusive for wheelchair users and drivers who cannot use a traditional pedal setup. The HC1 Hand Control provides a high quality, accurate accelerator/brake solution for users with disabilities. Utilizing high performance materials such as precision load cells, repeatable, consistent braking is achieved, enabling the driver compete on a level playing field. Designed by old friends of Digital Motorsport and with many more developments in accessibility to come from these guys, we can't wait to see what comes next.
We want to thank all the brands that partnered with us to present their latest products to the UK Motorsport Industry and everyone that visited the stand to say hi. Working with such great brands, being able to demonstrate why we love the products so much and showing the world how much development is happening in the sim racing world was an incredible opportunity.
We are so passionate about showing the world how close sim racing is to real life and how it can be used as a tool to increase performance, so having such leaps in technology on our stand in particular the Simucube ActivePedal makes us so excited for the future of sim racing.