“Simulators like ours make motorsport sustainable, safer and cheaper,” says Kaltenborn, who wants to bring the sim racers from their living rooms to the high-end machines from Racing Unleashed.
“It was almost like the old days,” says Frentzen happily, who is currently working on the development of electric karts, among other things. “My Formula 1 knowledge ends in 2003. It is exciting to be able to drive an almost current car now – even if only virtually.”
However, according to the Mönchengladbach resident, there is one crucial difference: “You are not afraid in the simulator. If you fly there, in real life you hope that the car will stop. Here you can fully concentrate on the car and be as fast as possible. It’s a safe way to do motorsport without having to take out life insurance. “
Conclusion Frentzen: “If I had something like that in the living room, I couldn’t get out. I still have the motivation to improve from curve to curve and lap to lap. “
One thing is certain: the event at Motorworld Munich made people want more – including other racing drivers. In addition to Frentzen and Wendlinger, DTM professional Lucas Auer and Fabian Vettel also tested the simulators. “It’s difficult to simulate centrifugal forces,” admits Vettel, “but with regard to the feedback on the steering wheel and the pedals, it comes very close to real driving.”