Wednesday, April 4, 2012

News: F1 Showcars put Magna visitors in the driving seat


Visitors to Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham have a chance to experience what it is like to be a Formula One driver thanks to a local entrepreneur.

Adam Tinsley, who runs Rotherham-based F1 Showcars, is setting up his unique racing simulator at the Templeborough attraction during the Easter holidays.

The machine, once used by the now-defunct Arrows F1 team, is usually hired out for Grand Prix and corporate events.

Adam bought the simulator on trading website Ebay three years ago and repaired and adapted it.

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 three laps of a Grand Prix race circuit, experiencing virtual speeds of up to 220 mph.

Adam, 24, who lives in Maltby, said: "The software is similar to that which F1 teams use and it's probably the closest you can get to experiencing driving an F1 car without actually doing it. It really gives people an appreciation of just how challenging the sport is."

Karen Staniforth, marketing manager at Magna, added: "We're really pleased to be adding a bit of F1 excitement to the host of attractions at Magna. It's great to also be supporting such an exciting local enterprise."

The F1 simulator will be at Magna every day, from 10am to 5pm, from April 9 to 13.

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 their simulators to various high profile events including last year's British Grand Prix and MotoGp events at Silverstone. They were also on hand to inspire young people to get into engineering and manufacturing at the recent Get Up to Speed event in Sheffield.

F1 Showcars website

Magna website

Images: F1 Showcars


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