F1 sim experience centres will use D-BOX haptic-equipped Vesaro cockpits

Thomas Harrison-Lord
More information about the official Formula 1 sim racing centres has been revealed, with D-BOX and Vesaro cockpits used in combination with rFactor 2.
Official F1 sim experience centres will use D-Box haptic-equipped Vesaro cockpits

The upcoming Formula 1 sim racing experience centres by Kindred Concepts will not only use a specially modified version of rFactor 2, but motion cockpits by Vesaro and D-BOX.

Vesaro is a high-end sim racing setup manufacturer based in Maidstone, Kent, and it has been tasked with creating the initial 60 simulators for the inaugural opening, scheduled for later in 2022. It is known primarily for its commercial-grade modular simulation system.

The sim rigs will also be powered by D-BOX motion haptics, in theory providing visitors with enhanced sensory feedback befitting of the official F1 licence.

Formula Pro Series 2022, Round 2, Monza, Race Start
The Formula Pro is the closest thing to Formula 1 in rFactor 2 at present, but some officially licenced content could be used at the venues

“Each centre will be supplied with state-of-the-art Vesaro simulators equipped with D-BOX haptic system,” explained D-BOX’s President and Chief Executive Officer Sébastien Mailhot.

“Cutting-edge technology from Vesaro and D-BOX with the excitement of F1 will create an unforgettable, adrenaline-fueled experience.”

Exactly what form the cockpit in use will take, or which version of D-BOX haptics will be integrated, is yet to be confirmed.

However, the news was announced during our visit to a D-BOX event where the existing G3 and a new G5 haptic systems were showcased using Vesaro setups. We’ll have more information about this latest update very soon.

D-BOX G5 haptic feedback system
An early version of the new D-BOX G5 haptic system

“Haptic systems are essential when it comes time to recreate the realism of a race, and D-BOX is the best in that field,” highlighted Chief Executive Officer at Vesaro, Nevil Slade.

“Our racing simulators will bring to life the experience of driving a Formula 1 car in a stylish and fun environment, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy and get closer to the world of F1.”

Adam Breeden is behind Kindred Concepts’ idea for sim racing centres after he was previously involved in popular venues Puttshack and Flight Club. Those businesses involve several locations where music, food and drink are combined with activities, in those cases mini-golf and darts.

Launching in Q4 2022 with initially one London venue, should it be a success, as many as 30 venues could be rolled out worldwide over the next five years.

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