Make like Seb with WesBank at the Johannesburg International Motor Show
Africa’s most sophisticated Formula One simulator will be up for grabs at the WesBank stand at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show, which opens to the public on Friday at Nasrec, south-west of Johannesburg.
The simulator, which weighs some 2 200 kg and is worth over R2-million, will be operating at the motor finance group’s display in the link between Halls 8 and 9 at the grounds for the show’s 10-day duration.
“This is a Cruden Six DOF simulator, meaning that it offers six degrees of freedom,” says the simulator’s owner, Roland Senekal. “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.
“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 Dabi, and there is a facility in France that uses them. Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear reckons this is the most accurate simulator he has ever used. And indeed, Red Bull uses one for its drivers for winter training.”
Senekal says that the tracks used at the Johannesburg International Motor Show will be Monza, Monaco and Kyalami.
The simulator is a development of simulators used for fighter pilot training, and can be dialled in to varying degrees of fierceness in terms of its reactions. Word is that most people on full F1 settings simply spin off the “track” before even getting to the first corner.
- At the Infiniti stand in Hall Six, an example of a Red Bull Formula One car will also be wowing Grand Prix fans. Infiniti is one of the major sponsors of the Red Bull F1 team, which looks certain to win its fourth World Championship with Sebastian Vettel in the coming weeks.