For those who want the experience of driving an Aston Martin but can’t afford one, the luxury car maker has come up with a solution that is cheaper – but not much.
The company is building a limited run of racing simulators so would-be Grand Prix drivers can test their skills in a virtual environment that emulates the driving position of an Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar.
The simulator is built out of a carbon-fibre monocoque and designed to resemble the styling of the marque’s real-world vehicles. Aston says the AMR-C01 offers “the ultimate in luxury esports experiences… providing a fully immersive driving for the home user”.
It added that the simulator is the “perfect choice for those who enjoy the virtual world of competitive esports and also for dedicated racing drivers who want to hone their skills before their next race”.
At £57,500 plus tax, the simulator is only £62,000 cheaper than a new Aston Martin Vantage car, the entry-level vehicle in the company’s range.
Marek Reichman, the company’s chief creative officer, 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.”
The simulator, which is being produced in partnership with British technology company Curv Racing Simulators, will be limited to 150 units, with deliveries starting in the final quarter of this year.