I have always had a love hate relationship with motion rigs. I love the way they look but hated the time it takes to adjust to the motion effects. Whenever I have jumped into a motion rig in the past I have always struggled to get on my usual albeit rather slow pace. So I have made it my mission to understand the world of motion sims. Introducing a new series, World In Motion.
In this new series I aim to learn about the differences between the different forms of motion sims and what the benefits are of each. There are so many approaches to motion simulation and quite frankly every manufacturer I speak to tells me that they do it right and all the others are doing it wrong. I intend to figure out for myself which kind of motion simulation I prefer and why.
The mission is to try as many motion sims as possible by visiting manufacturers, invited by existing users or even trying in my own home. And that brings us to episode 1, Motion Simulation TL3. I took a trip (at my expense) to Motion Simulation at the Veloce Esports HQ in London to give their Motion Rig a try.
The TL3 uses a D-Box Platform with three axis of motion: Pitch, roll and heave working in conjunction with other immersive elements such as the G-Harness which simulates brake pressure. All of these elements are matched closely to on screen visuals which i'm told is essential to provide an authentic experience and minimise any motion sickness.
I tried three different car & track combos and all three were a hell of a lot of fun with my pick of the bunch being ACC, probably because I had other cars on track and the immersion level was insane. The TL3 has a 200 degree wrap around screen powered by three Benq projectors. This meant you can look either side as cars pass you by, a lot like what you find with VR but in my case without the motion sickness.
Please watch the video for my thoughts on the TL3 and check out the Motion Simulation website for more information - https://www.motionsimulation.com/tl-series
While I was at Veloce HQ Johnathan from Motion Simulation allowed me to try their new consumer focused rig the LC series which carries a lot of the features over from the TL3 Cockpit such as the adjustable seating position and adjustable wheel position. It also can be upgraded to become a motion rig if you so desired. For those looking for extremely quick adjustable seating positions this cockpit with worth checking out.
For more information on the LC Series. check out the website here - https://www.motionsimulation.com/lc-series
The video format is quite different for me as I was out of the office and on location so please feel free to feedback what you thought of this style of video and help me improve the format over the course of the series.