Cruden Hexatech simulator: we drive their new 3 seater 6 axis machine

Think six axis simulator, and your brain automatically imagines a budget only NASA would contemplate. Think racing car sim, and you’d guess this is the domain of upper echelon Formula 1 teams. But here we are strapped into a full motion rig with three giant screens and a spec to match; yours for 150,000 Euros. […]

Cruden Hexatech Simulator at Autosport Racing Car Show



Think six axis simulator, and your brain automatically imagines a budget only NASA would contemplate. Think racing car sim, and you’d guess this is the domain of upper echelon Formula 1 teams. But here we are strapped into a full motion rig with three giant screens and a spec to match; yours for 150,000 Euros. This the price of a supercar rather than space rocket, and well within the range of rich car nuts with suitably large garages! So what do you get for your money? Cruden, the manufacturers of this fourth generation Hexatech 3CTR, their first three seater jiggler in Europe, give you a full hydraulic virtual vehicle, kitted out with all the latest force-feedback sensors and actuators. Not only does the steering wheel transmit turning torque back to your hands, but pedals are equipped too, not to mention the racing harness which tightens under load. All is calculated to give you the nearest, most realistic driving or racing experience.


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Art for Art’s sake: images from the Autosport Racing Car Show

Sometimes it’s good to publish features just for the hell of it! After cruising the halls of the NEC to cover the latest cars and products, we had a moment, to stop, scrutinize, survey with an artist’s eyes. Results revealed here in this photo gallery; a true visual non sequitur – enjoy. Photos and editing: […]

art for art's sake - ©2010 Tim Andrew

Sometimes it’s good to publish features just for the hell of it! After cruising the halls of the NEC to cover the latest cars and products, we had a moment, to stop, scrutinize, survey with an artist’s eyes. Results revealed here in this photo gallery; a true visual non sequitur – enjoy. Photos and editing: Tim Andrew
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K1 Attack sportscar in RHD, a first in the UK

Standing out amongst the display cars in the PistonHeads section of the Autosport Racing Car Show, K1’s Attack drew all the crowds. Here was a car no-one could identify, and countless visitors bombarded the car’s minder with pertinent questions. Firstly, is it a show car: well yes, except that there are around 50 Attacks in […]

K1 Attack at PistonHeads / Autosport Racing Car Show


Standing out amongst the display cars in the PistonHeads section of the Autosport Racing Car Show, K1’s Attack drew all the crowds. Here was a car no-one could identify, and countless visitors bombarded the car’s minder with pertinent questions. Firstly, is it a show car: well yes, except that there are around 50 Attacks in circulation. How come we’ve never seen any? It’s Slovakian, and they don’t make right hand drive versions for the UK. Is it a kit car? K1 started out building them as kits, but they evolved into fully fledged road ready rampagers. But this one’s RHD? It’s a total rebuild by enthusiast and owner Oliver Ashley, horizontally flipping the drivers controls.


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Autosport / PistonHeads show: photo gallery

Here’s a photo gallery of yellow cars at the Autosport Racing Car & PistonHeads Show. Hey, we need to keep the yellow car content going . Although the Mini pictured above, of Mr Bean fame, is hardly a racing car, (and only just qualifies as yellow), it was driven round the track at the Goodwood […]


Here’s a photo gallery of yellow cars at the Autosport Racing Car & PistonHeads Show. Hey, we need to keep the yellow car content going ;-) . Although the Mini pictured above, of Mr Bean fame, is hardly a racing car, (and only just qualifies as yellow), it was driven round the track at the Goodwood Revival race meeting to honour the 50th birthday of the Mini. Come back over the next few days for some more great news and features from the show!


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Lotus Evora Cup racer revealed

Lotus unveiled their Cup racer, based on the Evora at the Autosport Racing Car show in Birmingham on Thursday. Aimed at the various one make and endurance series, the GT4 spec Cup car sports a 4 litre V6 race engine good for 400PS plus six speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox. 200kg lighter than the […]

Lotus Evora Cup racer revealed


Lotus unveiled their Cup racer, based on the Evora at the Autosport Racing Car show in Birmingham on Thursday. Aimed at the various one make and endurance series, the GT4 spec Cup car sports a 4 litre V6 race engine good for 400PS plus six speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox. 200kg lighter than the production car it’s gonna be quick! Here it is taking pride of place on the Lotus stand, deftly accompanied by a yellow Lotus Eleven2 with reversed colour scheme: ie green stripe, yellow body vs Evora’s green body, yellow stripe. Cup races will be UK only for 2010, extending Europe wide in 2011.
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Porsche GT3 R FIA Racer launched

Porsche just launched their new GT3 R racer. This a special race edition of the already hard core road going/trackday car, designed to appeal to (rich) amateur racers, yet fully meeting FIA GT3 regulations. Porsche’s stand at the Autosport Racing Car show was buzzing with interest, and we are told that the GT3 R’s have […]

Porsche GT3 R launched at Autosport Racing Car Show

Porsche just launched their new GT3 R racer. This a special race edition of the already hard core road going/trackday car, designed to appeal to (rich) amateur racers, yet fully meeting FIA GT3 regulations. Porsche’s stand at the Autosport Racing Car show was buzzing with interest, and we are told that the GT3 R’s have nearly all been bagged already. It’s yours for a cool 279,000 euros in basic trim…

Porsche GT3 R

It looks a racer if every respect, harking back to earlier Le Mans entries with it’s bolt on rear arches, massive rear wing, single vertical wiper, quick-fill fuel nozzle. Inside all vestiges of the road car are gone. The cockpit is dominated by it’s quick release steering wheel and massive sequential gear stick. It’s yours for a cool 279,000 euros in basic trim without taxes…

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Official Ferrari iPhone App: Genuine Ferrari engine sounds

When we spotted a new iPhone app on Ferrari’s Facebook pages, we instantly had to investigate. It turned out to be a genuine Ferrari factory approved app that brought you real recordings of the current car range. App downloaded and installed we took a 458 for a test drive. Tap on the photo and you […]

When we spotted a new iPhone app on Ferrari’s Facebook pages, we instantly had to investigate. It turned out to be a genuine Ferrari factory approved app that brought you real recordings of the current car range. App downloaded and installed we took a 458 for a test drive. Tap on the photo and you get a dashboard replica and the engine starts automatically. Shame there’s no actual engine start button. You’re in neutral so tap the UP shift button to go through the gears. Tilting your iPhone increases the throttle. You get the full rev range recorded for real at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, allegedly. Just where did they find the room to hit the 320km/h speed we saw in 7th gear ?!

Sounds are rich and raucous, and we found the experience quite evocative. Main instruments are reproduced faithfully and simply, but we yearned for a visual feast. Maybe the experience of too many racing games left us wanting to see a representation of the Maranello test track, as a challenge to match revs and gears to. You could of course, plug your iPhone into your car’s radio system and try to match the driver’s gear and throttle inputs, and thus change your Fiesta into a Ferrari! Avoid the Automatic Speedometer option as you’ll want to change ratios manually for a fulfilling fling. The 430 Scuderia, presented in Race mode suffers slightly from a sort of synthetic stepping in lower rev range on accelerator lift-off, but we can live with that. We also found it difficult to replicate the throttle blipping that you might use in the real world. Put your phone flat on a table to momentarily attend to some other pressing, more meaningful purpose, and you’ll find a full 9,000rpm screaming at you! Quit the app though, and the sound fades graciously. Overall the deeper growling sounds of the 599 GTB or California are more relaxing. To compliment the aural attacks you’ll find some technical spec pages and image galleries, but that’s your lot.

In the UK you have to shell out UKP 1.19 (US$ ) for the privilege of generating a Ferrari fanfare. Whilst cheap, you can’t help wondering when you will ever use it once you’ve proved your geekiness down the local pub. In sum, not an app you’ll keep using for long. If it was free it would be a good PR exercise for the manufacturer, but as a paid app it leaves us with a slightly vacant, is-that-it feeling.


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Autemo.com : transform your car … virtually

We heard, via Twitter, about a website that totally transforms your car for just a few dollars. Intrigued as our house mascot Golf GTi was just about to go to the bodyshop to get a couple of panels repaired and a new lick of yellow paint. How could they do it for the money? We […]

We heard, via Twitter, about a website that totally transforms your car for just a few dollars. Intrigued as our house mascot Golf GTi was just about to go to the bodyshop to get a couple of panels repaired and a new lick of yellow paint. How could they do it for the money?

We delved deeper to see how it could be possible. Autemo.com is the site, beautifully laid out yet functional, it’s mission to virtually transform cars. No sheet metal gets cut, no bodykit riveted, no trick paint spayed; it’s all done in Photoshop. Fancy turning that rusty old Nissan into a Tokyo drift dreamcar? That cooking Chevy into chopped chariot? Test drive the mods you are planning for your ride before committing to the bodyshop. When your pimpmobile hits the spot you can convert your car for real reassured your facelift will be more super-car than super-shed.

Go to Autemo, read the intro, take the tour and decide what sort of look you are aiming for. Then simply upload a photo, select an artist, and commit a derisory AUD $30-$90 to get the car of your dreams. You get to watch progress as the artist uploads WIPs (Work In Progress) photos, and you can comment and request changes. It’s a virtual chop but with real interaction with the artist.
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