The most sophisticated F1 simulator in Africa will be available for hot laps at the WesBank stand during the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which opens on Friday, 15 October.
The simulator is a Cruden Six DOF, is worth more than R2 million and weighs in at 2 200 kg. WesBank’s stand is located between halls eight and nine at the Nasrec grounds southwest of Johannesburg. The simulator will be in action for the show’s full run. Showgoers will be able to have a go at Monza, Monaco or our very own Kyalami.
“The Six DOF system offers the most accurate simulation of motion. Most of the simulators in the country offer only two or four DOF, which means they roll and pitch in either two or four directions,” says the simulator’s owner, Roland Senekal.
“So instead of moving just forward and backwards or side-to-side, it gives you a full rotation of the seat. So you get that transition, when braking and turning into a corner, of a rotation exactly like you would in a Formula One car.
“The first examples built by Cruden went to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, and there is a facility in France that uses them. Jeremy Clarkson reckons this is the most accurate simulator he has ever used. And indeed, Red Bull Racing uses one for its drivers for winter training,” Senekal adds.
F1 aficionados can also view a Red Bull Formula One car at the Infiniti stand in hall six.