Carbon fibre, Aston-designed sim rig
Creator is 20-year F1 sim expert
Aston Martin has partnered with a new company started by one of its team drivers and simulator pros to offer an e-sports racing sim rig truly worthy of the brand. The AMR-C01 engineered by Curv gets a carbon fibre monocoque, hand assembly, and the seating position of a Valkyrie so you can play Need for Speed Underground in style.
Ok, we’re being a bit cheeky there. The real Curv sim comes setup with Assetto Corsa software, a much more realistic sim program that won’t have you running from the window, or to the wall. This sim setup was designed by Aston Martin’s design team and is supposed to evoke the look of the company’s race car grilles up front. All carbon for rigidity and to be cool, AM’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said “this was a challenge for the design team as, although the simulator isn’t a car, it is inspired by our racing cars. It needed to exude the same elegance, boasting the same dynamic lines and balance of proportions as any Aston Martin with a racing lineage. I can picture the AMR-C01 in the most beautiful of residences as a sculptural work of art in its own right.”
Curv Racing Simulators is lead by Aston works driver Darren Turner, a simulator specialist who has more than 20 years of experience in Formula 1 simulation. “Our goal was to create a simulator that provided as much enjoyment in virtual reality as real racing does. Racing cars is a lot of fun and it is great to see that with the growth of Esports racing, more people are now getting involved,” Turner said.
The screen is a massive 32:9 aspect curved QHD gaming monitor and it uses a steering motor Curv calls “the gold standard for high-end simulators.” The wheel has nine rotary dials and 12 buttons plus an LCD display and twin adjustable clutch paddles. The PC hardware isn’t specified, but it uses an Intel i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 2080 GPU. Assetto Corsa is standard, but it will work with other platforms. It’s not the level of a factory rig with a proper moving car and simulated g-forces, but neither is it a seven-figure pricetag.
Because this is an Aston, it’s limited to just 150 units and it gets a base price of £57,500. That’s $98,000 Canadian, before shipping, taxes, and those other fun fees. Deliveries are set to start later this year.