For instance, you can play Madden or FIFA all you want, it won’t help you play actual football, or football. Sim racing, however, has developed such detailed physics models, that spending time in a sim can make you a better driver.
When COVID-19 caused race tracks worldwide to shut down, all of the professional drivers were running in sims to keep their skills sharp, practice + race other drivers. There were even a number of televised sim races! This moment in history really shined a spotlight on sim rigs, how incredible they really are and how drivers have been using them for years.
Modern sims are meticulous in their representation of physics. From the individual layers of the tire, to the track surfaces, to the fuel burn rates, and the aerodynamics; everything is taken into account when designing the cars, tracks, and physics engines that power the sim.
When you add well-designed hardware to that software, you create an experience that is fun, exciting, immersive, and a useful tool for learning. Things like panoramic monitors, direct drive wheels, load cell brakes, and telemetry-based bass shakers all provide critical input and an immersive experience.
We have a number of drivers who use the sim to improve their experience on real tracks in real cars. Turning laps in the sim, at a much lower cost, allows them to get up to speed much more quickly at the track.
For The Track, sim racing also represents a democratization of racing. By reducing the financial and time costs, and safety concerns, racing becomes accessible. This means more people can try it, more skill is developed, and more talent is found.
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