The 301 & 401

How do we build our motion platforms, and what makes them different?

What's different? It's simple, mostly: We had different goals than most companies when we designed the 301. We wanted a flexible, low-cost, high performance racing simulator, one with enough performance for serious simulation and training but low enough cost for entertainment. And we were willing to undertake the R&D necessary for that to happen, rather than buying off-the-shelf components that would have forced us to compromise performance.

We achieved this by rethinking the design of the motion system — from the ground up.

We designed our own struts, our own platform geometry, our own display system, our own sound system, and our own controls, including one of the best force feedback steering systems in the business. We built our own cuing software and we spend time with developers to make sure it works right. And we made the system open, so it improves as third-party simulations and computing power improve. The result is exactly what we wanted: a price/performance ratio unmatched in the industry, and racing simulators and flight simulators with features you can't get anywhere else, at any price.

Servo systemNetworked 3 or 4-axis digital servo drive controlling three Force Dynamics actuators. Actuator motors provide 3hp peak and 500lbs of peak thrust each; actuators are Force Dynamics ball-screw struts with 18" of travel. Maximum driver weight 250lbs.



Motion platform geometryRaised center of rotation provides superior onset cuing compared to existing motion systems, and reduces parasitic forces that cause motion sickness.



Motion platform reaction timeEthernet-based servo system provides near-instant reaction to in-game events, and allows for extremely high small-excursion bandwidth. Instead of the 'magic carpet' ride common with other small motion systems, the 301 can physically recreate engine vibrations, pavement texture, and high frequency suspension vibrations with appropriate software.



Power110v or 220v operation on a single 30 or 15 amp circuit, respectively. 



Control softwareWindows-based control software requires only Ethernet (no PCI add-on cards) and updates are available on-line. Easy-to-use interface allows precise control of simulator characteristics, including scaling of output, softening filters, and per-game settings. 



Software supportThe 301's open support API allows for the easy addition of software support. The 301 is not dependent on one piece of soon-to-be-obsolete software.



Display optionsAvailable displays include a 50" 1080p projection display, triple 24" IPS or 27" LCD monitors, and a 50+" 3D LCD. Custom display setups are available - just ask!



Audio5.1 Surround sound with 12" custom-built 300 watt RMS subwoofer and 500 watts RMS surround via five Boston Acoustics satellite speakers.



ControlsForce Dynamics force feedback steering with various racing steering wheels. Paddle shifters and two auxiliary control buttons (six-button version optional). Force Dynamics three-pedal set including clutch. Long-throw throttle and clutch; high tension, progressive brake replicates stiffness and feel of racing brake pedals. 



ErgonomicsSeat and pedals adjustable fore / aft for drivers from 5'0" to 6'5". Steering wheel tilts 30 degrees. Left and right steps for easy entrance / exit.



SafetyElectronically interlocked seat belt and door. On-board E-Stop; external E-Stop connection. Lexan guarding. Motor brakes freeze system in case of power failure, or on E-stop or interlock activation. Motor amplifiers remain unpowered except when interlocks read OK.



Build qualityAll materials excepting guarding, screen, and seat are metal; all metal parts are either stainless steel, anodized aluminum, or powder coated steel. Industrial quality connectors, wiring, and mechanical construction are used throughout.



CertificationThe 301 and 401 are CE and TUV certified. 

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