Say hello to the AMR-C01, a racing simulator set-up by the folks at Aston Martin. As sim rigs go, it’s a doozy. It looks outrageously gorgeous – for a simulator – to me, but then I have a stupidly long hair, so who am I to comment on design?
This probably isn’t aimed at you and me, so do try not to get too wound up. This is for the wealthy Aston Martin owner who occasionally visits a track day to help get them up to speed. Fittingly, AM is working on the Valkyrie hypercar at the minute, a truly bonkers vehicle designed in partnership with F1 technical maestro Adrian Newey. Being able to sell an Aston Martin-designed sim to go alongside the beast will certainly make for an appealing option.
A fact not lost on the development team, as the driving position is modelled on said car.
In partnership with Curv Racing Simulators, and with professional-racing-driver-come-sim-expert Darren Turner involved, the AMR-C01 features a monocoque made from actual carbon fibre and is billed as the “ultimate luxury home simulator.”
‘Luxury’, you see. It’s not for me, but it is for someone.
The looks are styled by the same Aston Martin Design team based at the company’s Gaydon Headquarters as the delightfully handsome road cars. If you scrunch your eyes a little, the front resembles an Aston Martin Racing grille.
It runs Assetto Corsa at present, but it can run iRacing and rFactor 2. In terms of horsepower under the hood, so to speak, it includes a PC with an Intel i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 3070 GPU. There are internal speakers and a Sennheiser headset providing the sound, and a QHD 32:9 aspect ratio monitor delivering the vision.
The steering wheel matches the plushness of the frame, with nine rotary dials, 12 push buttons, a colour LCD display, carbon fibre gear shifter paddles and dual clutch paddles with an adjustable bite point. The seat is also made from carbon fibre and is bespoke to the customer with unique trim options.
That leaves us with, and I know you’ve been waiting for this, the price. It’s yours for £57,500 (plus tax) and only 150 will ever be made. I suppose for the target market, that’s the equivalent of me spending £1.99 on a packet of Walkers Sensations. On that note, please comment below you your thoughts. If you had the money and a Valkyrie on order, would you tick this option box?