Back in April this year, we reported on Prodrive’s first foray into the home simulator market, joining prestigious brands like Brabham and Aston Martin in the process. Prodrive is best known for building and running successful rally and race cars, while also contributing its huge engineering expertise to other industries.
Designed in collaboration with legendary car designer Ian Callum’s studio – CALLUM – the home sim promised to be a beautiful piece of ‘design furniture’ as opposed to the standard functional look favoured by most sim manufacturers.
“This design intrigues. You know it’s a simulator, but then you have to look again,” said Callum.
“The sweeping form and ‘piano black’ gloss finish take the Racing Simulator to a whole new place – it’s a piece of furniture that can elegantly sit in a living space.”
Earlier this year, only concept teaser images were available, but today (20th July), Prodrive has revealed the first images of the finished product – pre-loaded with Assetto Corsa. Additional details on its specifications have also now been revealed.
The Prodrive Racing Simulator will contain a 12GB GeForce RTX graphics card, 16GB RAM, a Simucube 2 Pro Direct Drive wheelbase with LM-PRO wheelrim, a Cobra Nogaro Street bucket seat, Bowers and Wilkins PX7 headphones, an electrically adjustable pedal box (pedals brand are unknown at this stage) and a 49” AOC 5k curved monitor with 165Hz refresh rate.
The sim is a stunning carbon monocoque suspended within a frame of 16 pressed layers of birchwood. The outside finish is glossy black, with the seemingly ‘floating’ monocoque a visually striking feature. David Richards, chairman of Prodrive and former WRC-winning co-driver to Ari Vatanen, explained his vision:
“I wanted something that married technology with contemporary furniture, something you would be proud to have on display in your home like a grand piano, rather than tucked out of the way”
The Prodrive Racing Simulator is now available directly from Prodrive for £39,000 excluding VAT, duties and shipping costs. Once purchased, the sim will be installed in customers’ homes by Prodrive, with expected shipping dates scheduled before the end of the year.
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