SimDeck Simulator Cars will one day race in actual A1GP and F1 scheduled races.

SimDeck edges closer to be able to race the Pet250 race car / simulator in some of the world’s most well known open wheeler real world Grand Prixs. Racing in the A1 Grand Prix, Indy 500 Formula One and similar in real time, against actual team drivers, on the same track and on scheduled real world racing events will be a reality in the very near future thanks to our colleaques from iOpenerMedia.

In August 2008, iOpener fully stressed and tested the system in real-time against the drivers of the Moritz Racing team driving on the Belgian Zolder circuit. The test was a great success and members of the Opener team and some guests were actually able to race from behind a PC in real-time against the drivers of the Moritz Racing team.

Virtual AI race cars racing against SimDeck Cars or real world GP cars racing against a SimDeck car racing on the virtual version of the track.... putting the reality into virtual reality.

Virtual AI race cars racing against SimDeck Cars or real world GP cars racing against a SimDeck car racing on the virtual version of the track.... putting the reality into virtual reality.

iOpener’s CEO Andy Lürling says. ‘And we are really satisfied with the results’. One of the main concerns was whether all in-car equipment would hold out for 24 hours, and it did. ‘Surviving 24 hours of shocks and the heat, sometimes reaching above 70 degrees, gives us confidence that the equipment will perform in all other race conditions’, Lürling mentions.

‘The reason for Moritz Racing Team to cooperate in testing the iOpener technology is that we are a team that stands for the improvement of motorsports in general’, driver and team owner Bert Moritz explains. ‘And we (Moritz Racing) believe that iOpener has an application that if used wisely by the race association will stimulate a new channel to attract a new younger target group to motorsports’. Moritz is convinced that this immersive feature will attract more sponsors to the motorsport. He adds; ‘Personally, I also really like that iOpener’s technology can be used to train young drivers and optimize their driving skills’.

The importance of the iOpener technology cannot be understated and is one of the final steps in the SimDeck simulation concept. It is destined to be one of the most important developments that converges gaming with real life racing the gaming community around the globe has seen.

The Simdeck experience already currently converges an actual petrol powered race car from the road into any world-wide virtual circuit, life size, life like digital display and constant engine and road environments shuddering throughout the car. Optional high quality 3D sterescopic 2m wide images, surround imaging, simulated 1G gravity motion are available for clients. To be able to race against Lewis Hamilton in real time in Melbourne from any world location and especially in the SimDeck car redefines what is real and what is virtual.

iOpenerMedia is a spin-out of the European Space Agency Incubator Programme, received EUR 4.1 Million from Triangle Venture Capital Group to make its technology ready for market introduction and is expecting 2009 to be the year sim racing changes forever. During November 2008, AGIT (the regional development agency for the Technology Region Aachen, Germany) announced that iOpener was announced as the winner of the Innovation Award in the category fast growing successful ‘young companies’.

Space age technology will have you racing against real cars in real time from the comfort of your lounge or in a SimDeck Race car.

Space age technology will have you racing against real cars in real time from the comfort of your lounge or in a SimDeck Race Car.

Andy Lürling, was interviewed about the immersive new technology which makes it possible to play in real-time against the pro’s from behind your (game) computer. Click here to download.

GPS Data locates the car on the track whilst G Force, brakes, gears and speed is displayed in real time over the Internet.

GPS Data locates the car on the track whilst G Force, brakes, gears and speed is displayed in real time over the Internet.


This weekend A1GP will launch the A1GP Dashboard, a new live GPS-style mapping and telemetry system to enhance fans’ viewing of races for the rest of the season at A1GP.com. Fans from around the world are able to access a host of new information including real-time position maps, the exact location of every race car on track, live feed of dashboard information from every A1GP nation’s car. Online viewers on the internet can select to view any of the 22 team’s real-time steering wheel data, including speed, throttle pressure, G-Force, gear and the drivers use of the crucial PowerBoost button. This is the same data each team evaluates to help decide race strategy and the all-important pit stops. The Dashboard system made its debut at the last race in Sepang, Malaysia.

Accurate times, positions are all conveyed in real time.

Accurate times, positions are all conveyed in real time.


This weekend visitors to SimDeck Formula Simulators will be able to race on the virtual Taupo Circuit knowing that in the very near future it will be an actual car over taking them in their virtual world from one of the prestigous global Grand Prix.

The technology is not just suitable for racing but could be applied to flying against F16 fighter planes. Currently one of ICE AV’s international partners has already developed a patented solution that allows soldiers in the Dutch Army to fight in virtual simulated battle fields all within the safety of a warehouse.

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