The first time I saw an Out Run cabinet in Worthing, England's New Amusements pier arcade in 1986, I was shocked that it cost 50p a game. 50p! But that's nothing on Aston Martin's latest driving game cabinet, the £57,500 (~$74k) AMR-C01. This handmade sit-in, crafted by Curv Racing Simulators, has the luxury fit and finish you'd expect of a roadbound Aston Martin; the official press release doesn't even list the technical specifications, presumably because those buying the 150-unit limited edition couldn't care less how much RAM it has or what sort of video card lurks behind the dash. Specs can be found on Curv's own site; that's a 32:9 QHD monitor powered by an Intel i7 CPU and an Nvidia 2080 GTX—already last year's model.
This steering motor is the gold standard for high-end simulators, offering exceptionally high torque response and precise feedback.
State-of-the-art Formula style steering wheel with paddle shift and clutch. The wheel boasts 9 rotary dials and 12 push buttons, putting the user in total control of set up on every lap. With a full colour LCD display, the wheel has dual-clutch paddles with an adjustable bite point, to sit alongside carbon fibre gear shifter paddles.
Electronically-controlled sliding pedal box with 200mm of travel, electric actuator, carbon fibre enclosure, with all mechanics hidden away in a clean, dust-free environment.
That's Assetto Corsa on screen, a driving simulation game that prioritises realism. It's only $20 on Steam—a relative bargain!
Crafted in carbon fibre, the front of the sim's bodywork is shaped to invoke the signature Aston Martin Racing grille. AMR-C01 has a powerful-looking stance but at the same time keeps the level of refinement and surface quality and finish that customers expect from any Aston Martin. The all-carbon fibre monocoque provides a rigid structure, the design of which also adds to the sporting look of the simulator.
Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman 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."