Wednesday, June 4, 2014

News: F1 Showcars on display in Monaco

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Rotherham-based, F1 Showcars has recently returned from Monaco where it turned heads at an industry conference with its F1-themed display and simulator.

The company was set up in 2009 to supply full sized Formula One simulator cars for hire at events. Enterprising owner Adam Tinsley, invested in an Arrows F1 simulator when the company went into administration, and adapted it for public use.

It is the only three-seat F1 simulator currently operating in the world. A virtual reality headset, pedals and steering wheel plus vibrating seats give drivers a chance to do laps of a Grand Prix race circuit, experiencing virtual speeds of up to 220 mph.

The company also feature a full size F1 showcar replica, a MotoGp motorbike simulator and a wheel change game, where guests can attempt to emulate the lightning fast pit stops seen in Formula One.

F1 Showcars has supplied its simulators to various high profile events including the British Grand Prix and MotoGp events at Silverstone. It has also been on hand to inspire young people to get into engineering and manufacturing at the Get Up to Speed events in Sheffield. When not in use at events, the company offers F1 simulator experiences at its Fitzwilliam Road base.

The unique display was chosen by Anixter, a leading global supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components, to give it a "wow factor" at its exhibition at the Datacentres Europe event in Monaco.

Adam Tinsley, owner of F1 Showcars, said: "We were hired by Anixter who required both our F1 display car and F1 simulator for the event. What added extra appeal for hiring the cars was that the branding of both the F1 display car and F1 simulator can be fully customised. And also, it was the Monaco Grand Prix weekend!"

This year's prestigious Monaco Grand Prix saw the Marussia F1 Team secure its first ever points in the sport since Manor Grand Prix was an unlikely name on the line up for the 2010 F1 season. The Rotherham team became Virgin Racing when they announced a link up with Richard Branson in December 2009. Russian company Marussia Motors acquired a significant shareholding in 2010 and the team was renamed Marussia F1 in 2012.

F1 Showcars website

Images: F1 Showcars

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