Next Level Racing has unveiled its new Motion Plus rig, ideal for sim racers looking for extra feedback from their home rig systems
Next Level Racing has announced its new Motion Plus platform, suitable for use with flight sims and sim racing.
The Australian company – founded in 2009 by brothers Hess and Tony Ghahramanian – sells a range of cockpits, flight simulators, wheel stands and motion platforms, even supplying NASA with flight simulations at training purposes.
The Motion Plus platform – what is it for?
The Motion Plus platform allows simulation riders to feel the effects of heaving and pitching, and is designed to work with VR so as to eliminate unwanted movements that may cause motion sickness.
This is thanks to MotionSystems HeadWay 2.0 VR technology used in Next Level Racing’s Platform Manager software, and it helps compensate for the extra movement created by the motion platform.
The racing simulators transfer telemetry data to the Motion Plus platform, with the unit able to react to on-screen action with travel speeds of 1100mm per second. In other words, very quickly.
A solid metal swivel bar transfers the movement of the unit’s powerful 321W motor to the simulation platform, creating an immersive experience by reacting to every curb, bump and incline.
Next-level running motion ecosystem and cost
However, additional comments come at a price. A single unit of the Motion Plus rig costs £2999 and offers two degrees of freedom (DOF) – lift and pitch. An additional Motion Plus platform, coupled with a Next Level platform, will provide three DOFs – heave, pitch and roll. Keep in mind that the platform is sold separately.
If combined with the Traction Plus platform (£5499), a Motion Plus platform can deliver four DOFs, helping the user experience slippery sensations such as understeer.
The Motion Plus platform can also be combined with the company’s Motion V3 platform, which allows direct seat movement across two DOFs, at a cost of £2599.
The Motion Plus platform is compatible with Next Level Racing’s Elite Series, GTTrack and F-GT Racing cockpits, and is available to buy now from selected retailers.
Although commonly used for commercial purposes, the big advantage of Next Level Racing’s motion rigs is their relatively small footprint, which makes their use in home editing systems more appealing.
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