For many community members out there, Sim Racing is a very passionate hobby, which can rapidly turn into something that can be regarded as a lifestyle. As with any hobby out there, passion often fuels the creative side of a community. So it also does in Sim Racing.
Where some limit themselves to the actual racing part of the hobby, many community members have started Sim Racing-related side hobby’s that often results in some pretty amazing projects. This could go from producing creative Sim Racing videos, tutorials, or making high-quality liveries up to full-blown modding projects.
Another popular side-hobby is the actual modification of a Sim Racing chassis. Many start out with a pretty standard setup, but it usually does not take long before you feel the urge to customize the setup to your own liking. Upgrading the actual setup, and adding high-end or custom peripherals can be hugely satisfying, and actually serve a purpose when driving your favorite racing simulator. Needless to say, many of these modifications will be adding some more immersion, resulting in a better racing experience.
But there is more. It’s not only about functionality. Often the look and style of a racing rig can add heaps of immersion. Color schemes, decals, material choices, and even the environment around your racing rig can result in a much more pleasing racing experience.
Some make take the quest for the ultimate look of a racing rig to the next level.
One good example is the awesome sim built by members of the Full Sail University in Florida. Pat Starace is a designer and developer who teaches Digital Fabrication and Final Project in the Simulation and Visualization industry, and his students have been working on a fantastic simulator project, inspired by Max Verstappen’s #33 RedBull RB16 Formula One car.
The team is 3D Printing a full-size 1:1 RedBull RB16 Simulator. With already three months of work and over 2,000 print hours, the project is starting to take shape. The team is currently working on the body, and will soon start work on the cockpit.
The chassis is modeled from scratch and is being printed on two medium-size 3D printers. Pat points out it is a very labor-intensive task segmenting up the parts to fill the volume of the two printers.
The full-size model will eventually be mounted to a 3,500lb capacity professional Moog Motion Base system.
I will keep you updated when more updates are shared.
Full Sail University is a private for-profit university in Winter Park, Florida. It was formerly a recording studio in Ohio named Full Sail Productions and Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts. The school moved to Florida in 1980 and began offering online degrees in 2007. Full Sail is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in audio, design, computer animation, and business.
Official Webpage – www.fullsail.edu