For Formula One fans currently feeling that need for speed ...

It’s well understood that speed equals adrenaline which is why many people find Formula One addictive. Unfortunately that addiction has no natural outlet at the moment, with this season’s races currently suspended.

A statement from Formula One boss Chase Carey on Monday last week made clear that, although there is no immediate prospect of racing, they hope to stage between 15 to 18 races by the end of this season. To do this, F1 bosses hope to bring forward the traditional summer break to this month and next month, and then schedule as many races as they can right through the remainder of the calendar, subject always to the best advice on the status of the coronavirus.

Races at the backend of the 2020 calendar remain as currently scheduled, and official VIP hospitality for these can still be purchased on DAIMANI.

[*Chomping on fingernails, fidgeting nervously*] For those who really can’t handle even a short delay in the delivery of their live, adrenaline-fuelled motorsports, we’re going to borrow a recommendation from the Financial Times and their excellent magazine supplement, How to Spend It.

In November last year, the Financial Times’s Jonathan Margolis visited London-based Motion Simulation to try their TL3 product which has been developed hand in hand with one of the leading F1 teams.

The maker’s claim that at a touch of a button the TL3 can switch between driving configurations from GT, Touring car and Formula One seating positions, with a full three-axis range of motion including Pitch, Roll and a Heave feature that generates up to 2G of acceleration.

In addition, for added realism, drivers will have to master the high-torque professional force feedback steering system used by Formula 1 teams, so that you can sense understeer or oversteer.

It is, says Jonathan Margolis, ‘ludicrously realistic’, and you can see him thumping, bumping and swerving his way around the Francorchamps circuit of the Rolex Belgian Grand Prix.

For more information about the simulator itself please visit Motion Simulation.

And should you have the budget to spare, buying your very own TL3 simulator starts at just under GBP50,000 excluding VAT and shipping.

But as realistic as the TL3 no doubt is, we’re sure it will be many years before it can provide a driving and cockpit experience as extraordinary as that of the 1988 TC2000 touring car championship run at the Autódromo Parque Ciudad de General Roca in Argentina.

The race was won by the legendary Juan Maria Traverso, whose smoke-spewing Renault was actually on fire as he crossed the finishing line.

Last lap commentary [in Spanish] from 1.49

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Charlie Charters is a former rugby union official and sports marketing executive turned thriller writer whose debut book Bolt Action was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2010.
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