By: Nik Berg / www.hagerty.com
It’s game on for Aston Martin as the British sports car maker launches a new racing simulator. Adding to a lengthy list of branded collaborations from whisky to kids’ cars, apartments and submarines, the carbon-fiber rig is inspired by the Valkyrie hypercar.
Hand-built by Curv Racing Simulators, the AMR-C01 does look like a serious piece of kit. Curv is led by Aston racer Darren Turner who won his class at Le Mans three times, so he knows a thing or two about bringing the track experience to your games room.
"The AMR-C01 is all about the love of racing. We’ve created a home simulator with incredible immersion that offers users the opportunity to have a great time racing in the virtual world, from the comfort of their own home. Our goal was to create a simulator that provided as much enjoyment in virtual reality as real racing does," said Turner.
The rig features a massive QHD 32:9 curved screen and a powerful PC with an Intel i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 2080 GPU. The F1-style steering wheel has nine rotary switches and 12 buttons, its own LCD display, paddle shifts, and a hand clutch with adjustable biting point. Sound is from built-in speakers and a Sennheiser headset. It’s been built around Assetto Corsa software but will be able to run other sims, such as iRacing and rFactor2.
In keeping with Aston Martin’s current business model the AMR-C01 is limited in numbers to drive up desirability. Only 150 simulators will be made at a price of $74,000 plus taxes and shipping. It comes in a range of Aston Martin color-schemes, from Cinnabar Orange to Aston Martin Racing Green.
At least new Aston Martin F1 signing Sebastian Vettel will be able to get some practice before the 2021 season.
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