Ferrari has signed contracts with Gold Coast company NEXT LEVEL RACING to acquire a number of racing simulators for use in Maranello to train its eSports race drivers.
|Ferrari's Charles Leclerc|
The simulators cost AUD$30,000 to build, and while that may seem chump change for Ferrari, given its multi-million dollar racing budget, it’s a huge boost for the small Australian company, says founder Hes Ghah.
|Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate (Photo: Heidi Sheehan)|
NEXT LEVEL RACING invited Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, to take a spin in a simulator and afterwards he was energised, excited and exhausted. He said: “If this is how drivers make their money, then they really earn it.
|Next level Racing founder, Hes Ghah, racing with Tom Tate (Photo: Heidi Sheehan)|
Hes Ghah says he is keen to sell the simulators around the world, and already a number of teams have shown keen interest in the product.
Hes says Ferrari's recognition of the quality of the NEXT LEVEL RACING simulators is a great boost for his small company in terms of global recognition, and providing building blocks for future products.
The popularity of SIM racing is not restricted to racing teams because they are also important as entertainment activities and even for regular drivers to hone their skills.