We’ve all heard of the six degrees of separation analogy, but when it comes to Formula One simulators, the buzz words are ‘six degrees of freedom’. Apparently these are the desired numbers you need if you really want to know what it feels like to drive full throttle around the Nurburgring.
The architect of all this wonderment is Cruden who builds the technology for the professional simulators used by most of the world’s leading motorsport teams. Yes, they use simulators before going out and testing their car because it’s a lot cheaper than writing off millions crashing the real thing. Off course these are hugely expensive state of the art beings, (well after all there are six degrees of freedom to be factored in) but someone at Cruden realised that there could be even more commercial opportunities here by creating a cheaper slimmed down version for the entertainment business.
Hexathrill then, is a scaled down more portable version of the real deal, designed specifically to be used where floor space is at a premium, such as family entertainment venues, or more excitingly, the corporate hospitality market and although it comes in at a fraction of the cost of its bigger brother, it’s still around £90,000.
But the truth is you get a lot of firepower for your money. You get your full six degrees for a start, and the promise of probably the most authentic racing car experience available. “Cruden is trusted in motorsports and is a growing player in the entertainment business having sold simulators to theme parks, karting venues, simulation centres, malls and private individuals around the world,” says Frank Kalff, Cruden’s commercial director. “Hexathrill is designed for venues where floor space is at a premium and where there customers want the most sophisticated simulators at a more affordable price”.
Launched at the recent Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando Florida, you can expect to see this baby powering up around the world’s amusement parks in the very near future.