Here’s a good way to spend around $74,000

Aston Martin has launched its latest special edition model. Only 150 units are going to be made of this beauty, and each one costs around $74,000, or roughly the price of a base Porsche 718 Boxster S. There is, however, a catch to this special edition model. It doesn’t have any wheels, and it doesn’t actually move. No, it’s not a new Aston performance car; it’s Aston Martin’s ridiculously awesome racing simulator. It’s called the AMR-C01, and it’s described as the “ultimate luxury home simulator,” complete with a full carbon fiber monocoque, among other insane details and features. Best be quick if you want to score a piece of the AMR-C01 simulator. Aston Martin is already taking orders, and seeing as most of us we’ll probably still be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, there’s no better way to satisfy our urge for racing than to get wild and crazy in the AMR-C01 simulator.

What’s the Aston Martin AMR-C01 all about?

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We’ve seen a lot of cool gaming rigs in the past, but I don’t know if anything can come close to replicating this incredible simulator that Aston Martin just created with the help of technological company Curv Racing Simulator. The latter hand-assembled the gaming rig using parts and pieces provided by Aston Martin, including the lightweight carbon fiber monocoque that effectively serves as the body of the simulator. Really, how many times have you seen a racing sim with a carbon fiber monocoque body? Once? Twice, maybe?

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It gets better, too.

In addition to the carbon fiber frame, the AMR-C01 was designed to match Aston Martin's unmistakable aesthetic qualities.

The automaker’s racing grille is prominently shown in the front, and the seating position is positioned in such a way that it completely mirrors the seating position of the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Not that any of us knows that since we haven’t sat inside a Valkyrie, but we’ll take Aston Martin’s word for it. The simulator also comes in a number of color schemes, some of which you’ll recognize as being available on Aston Martin’s own line of performance and luxury vehicles. If none of these colors match the colors of your game room, you can opt for the bare carbon fiber look because why not, right? On the software side of things, the AMR-C01 comes with the latest Assetto Corsa software, ensuring the kind of immersive driving experience that you don’t find in a lot of places.

Why is Aston Martin building gaming rigs all of a sudden?

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I don’t know if this was something Aston Martin cooked up one night and just decided to go for it or if this was something that’s been in the oven all this time. This pandemic makes you think of these things. But its origin story doesn’t matter now. What’s important is that the AMR-C01 racing simulator is here, and it’s probably the most aesthetically stimulating racing simulator I’ve ever seen. Even if you buy it without any intention of using it, the AMR-C01 can sit as a work of art and a testament to the kind of ingenuity that a lot of these automakers possess.

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Of course, admiring the AMR-C01 from afar is a totally different experience compared to ringing Aston Martin and putting in an order for one of these bad boys. Those who can afford to do the latter have a limited time to do it since Aston Martin’s only selling 150 units of its racing simulator.

Each one is priced at an insane £57,500, which converts to around $74,000 based on current exchange rates.

It’s an incredibly steep price to pay for a racing simulator — $74,000 is around the same price as a base Porsche 718 Boxster S — but good Lord, it’s still amazing to look at, let alone and actually use. Deliveries are scheduled to begin sometime in the fourth quarter of 2020, so if you’re looking to buy one, now’s as good a time as any to place an order before stocks dry up.

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Given how so many people have been forced to stay in their homes in light of the global pandemic, an Aston Martin AMR-C01 racing simulator would probably come in handy these days.

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Aston Martin has revealed the AMR-C01 Racing Simulator, the ultimate luxury home simulator for drivers who want to compete in the virtual or the real world and the first of its kind to be offered by the British marque.

AMR-C01 is the first product to be borne of a new partnership between Aston Martin and British technology company, Curv Racing Simulators.

Designed by Aston Martin and engineered by Curv, the AMR-C01 has a lightweight carbon fibre monocoque and utilises the latest technology to provide a fully immersive driving experience for the home user. The seating position mirrors that of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, adding a futuristic hypercar feel to the simulator. Hand-assembled by Curv Racing Simulators, using the highest quality components and latest Assetto Corsa software, AMR-C01 is ready to transport its users into the thrilling virtual racing world.

The AMR-C01 will make a stylish addition to any luxury games room. The look of the simulator is unique, thanks to the work of the Aston Martin Design team based at the company’s Gaydon Headquarters. 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.”

Esports racing has enjoyed exponential growth during when the world’s racing calendars were put on hold in 2020 and continues to thrive now that real-life racing has resumed. The AMR-C01 is the perfect choice for those who enjoy the virtual world of competitive Esports and also for dedicated racing drivers who want to hone their skills before their next race.

Curv Racing Simulators is led by Aston Martin works driver, Darren Turner, who is a simulator specialist with over 20 years’ experience in cutting edge Formula 1 simulation.

Turner said: “The AMR-C01 is all about the love of racing. We’ve created a home simulator with incredible immersion that offers users the opportunity to have a great time racing in the virtual world, from the comfort of their own home. Our goal was to create a simulator that provided as much enjoyment in virtual reality as real racing does. Racing cars is a lot of fun and it is great to see that with the growth of Esports racing, more people are now getting involved.

“We modelled the driving position on the Aston Martin Valkyrie so users of AMR-C01 can get the full hypercar experience. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, with design and engineering creating what I believe to be the most beautiful home simulator available.”

Limited to just 150 examples, the order book for the British-built Aston Martin AMR-C01 is now open. The simulator comes with a base RRP of £57,500 plus tax. First deliveries are on schedule to take place in Q4 2020. For further information please visit: www.curvrs.com

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