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Pininfarina’s Racing Simulator Lets You Cruise the Nürburgring From Home—and This One Is Up for Grabs

Pininfarina’s Racing Simulator Lets You Cruise the Nürburgring From Home—and This One Is Up for Grabs

Imagine being able to race your dream supercar around the Nürburgring whenever you please. That could soon be a (virtual) reality for the lucky collector who nabs Pininfarina’s high-tech driving simulator at auction.

Created in collaboration with The Classic Car Trust (TCCT), the Leggenda eClassic simulator was unveiled last year to mark Pininfarina’s 90th anniversary. On September 17, the futuristic machine will go under the gavel at RM Sotheby’s St. Moritz sale, where it’s estimated to fetch between CHF 120,000 and CHF 150,000 ($131,000  to $164,000 at current exchange).

This particular simulator is the first of nine that were handmade at Pininfarina’s factory in Cambiano, Italy. It aims to replicate the thrill of driving a rarified supercar on the most iconic tracks the world has to offer. And with chic European styling of a Pininfarina classic, it looks the part, too.

The curved Dell monitor provides an immersive experience. 

RM Sotheby’s

The simulator’s design was inspired by by the famous Cisitalia 202. This two-seat grand tourer from the 1940s was so influential in postwar automobile design that it was showcased in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark “Eight Automobiles” exhibition in 1951. In 1972, MoMA made it the first car ever to join an art museum’s permanent collection because of its statement-making bodywork. The Leggenda sports the same elegant lines and a timeless Argento Vivo (quick silver) paint.
It’s finished to Pininfarina’s meticulous standards, too. The lavish cabin is finished in rich tobacco-colored leather and is fitted with a comfy bucket seat that can support hours of driving. Like an actual car, the simulator is equipped with a wooden steering wheel, manual gear shifter and three pedals. It even has a vintage Hanhart chronometer mounted to the dash.
Arguably its most important feature is the hi-res Dell monitor, which curves to give the driver a more immersive experience. Through it, you can explore world-famous racetracks, such as Spa, Brands Hatch and Monza, along with serpentine alpine roads that emulate hill climbs.
The perks are aplenty, too. In addition to the sim itself, TCCT will scan and virtually recreate a classic car of the new owner’s choice. That means you can pick a special ride from real life to add to your digital garage. You’ll also get access to the eClassic Club for three years through which you can partake in training sessions, coaching, races or informal group drives.

All that makes a couple hundred thousand sound like a bargain.
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RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s

Bugatti’s New High-Tech Pool Table Keeps Itself Level Even if You’re on a Yacht

Bugatti’s New High-Tech Pool Table Keeps Itself Level Even if You’re on a Yacht

You can’t play a decent game of pool on a table that’s not level. But Buggatti’s latest billiard-room design will make sure that’s not a problem—even if you’re playing on the high seas.

The French carmaker’s new limited-edition pool table, designed in partnership with IXO, can be fitted with an optional “servo-driven system” whose gyroscopic sensor will automatically adjust its legs to level the table when a change in balance is detected. You can imagine how helpful that would be on a yacht facing a rough current. The adjustments happen in as little as five milliseconds and are subtle enough that they don’t produce any vibration. If you miss a shot, you won’t have the captain to blame.

Only 30 of the exclusive tables will be produced, each delivered in a sleek carbon fiber finish, as well as machined aluminum and titanium underpinning its frame. The sides of the table’s drawers feature brushed and anodized aluminum—naturally, adorned with the Bugatti logo. And each ball pocket is made from stainless steel with a rich leather lining.

Rendering of the Bugatti pool table and accessories. 

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Owners of the Bugatti pool table will also find that carbon fiber is used in the wall cue support, which features a 13-inch, high-resolution touch screen to keep track of scores. And in a nod to the automaker’s range of vehicles, the anodized aluminum ends of the carbon fiber pool cues echo the signature design of the buttons in Bugatti’s hypercars.
The pool table package also includes a matching ceiling lamp made from carbon fiber, a chalk box, a cleaning brush and other accessories.

A rendering of the Bugatti pool table on a yacht with gyroscopic sensors activated. 

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

“It is our pleasure to be working with a manufacturing partner that mirrors the qualities of Bugatti,” said Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann, in a statement. “Through our shared values, we can be sure that the Bugatti pool table will be made with extremely high-quality materials, that the standard of the limited production will be very high, and that the technology used to make the product is advanced.”
This isn’t the only recent Bugatti collaboration. Earlier this week, the brand unveiled a new $560,000 watch made by Jacob & Co. whose inner workings mirror the complexity of the marque’s engines. The table won’t set you back quite so much, though: Pricing starts at €250,000 (around $300,000 at current exchange) including accessories, and deliveries will begin in June.

Check out more detailed rendering images of the Bugatti pool table below.

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Photo Courtesy: Bugatti

Head-to-Head Virtual Racing Drives Up the Value of This Beverly Hills Home

Head-to-Head Virtual Racing Drives Up the Value of This Beverly Hills Home

To say that just about everyone in the world has spent some extra time at home over the past year is hardly an understatement. In fact, getting out of the house has presented its challenges, though one of the few opportunities to break free from four walls is going out for a drive. Better still if it’s in a great car, and better still if it’s on a track. All of which is easier said than done, with weather and distance—not to mention time—often conspiring against us.

For a while now, die-hard racers and motorsports enthusiasts have sung the praises of driving simulators, not just as ways to blow off steam but, importantly, to hone track skills and refine technique. One company in the pole position is CXC Simulations, whose Motion Pro II simulators are really state-of-the-art tools for drivers—even would-be drivers—at all levels and of all ages.

CXC Simulations provided this game room with a winning trifecta for virtual racing.  Photo by Alex Bellus, courtesy of CXC Simulations.

While most clients are content with a single simulator, one customer of CXC Simulations recently commissioned the installation of three machines in a 16,450 square-foot Beverly Hills home. The trio are located in an expansive room adjacent to the garage, which is visible through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows separating the two spaces.
The homeowner explained, “I wanted this space in the house to showcase these great cars—almost an extension of the garage. Cars are best enjoyed behind the wheel, but I can’t just let anyone drive them, so racing simulators are the best way to let my friends and family experience what it’s like to drive a Ferrari. I looked into all of the available simulators, but went with CXC Simulations. Their superior build quality and the company’s on-demand tech support gives me a lot of peace of mind. And aesthetically, they look really cool and perfectly match the modern look of this house.”
The Motion Pro II system presents cutting-edge motorsport and flight simulation.  Photo by Alex Bellus, courtesy of CXC Simulations.

Each of the three Motion Pro II simulators is optioned with virtual-reality capabilities, a gated shifter, and CXC’s Combat Flight Pack, which enables the use of flight-simulation software.
Chris Considine, CEO of CXC Simulations, provided some insight into customer trends. “We have seen a shift with our clients to not purchase a single simulator for personal use, but a number of simulators as a part of a “man cave” or party room. These customers would rather race with their family members or friends than take turns. Our SYNCHRO system was designed to control a cluster of simulators in a commercial setting, but these same customers are opting for it to operate two or more simulators at a time, letting them quickly select different cars and tracks.”

The residence’s game room features a floor-to-ceiling view of the owner’s car collection.  Photo by Alex Bellus, courtesy of CXC Simulations.

Detailing the technology and installation process, Considine continued: “The client opted for three single-screen simulators with virtual-reality integration. The single screens minimize the footprint of the simulators, allowing for clear sightlines through the room and into the garage. But with virtual reality, he still gets a fully immersive driving experience.”
Considine adds that since the installation took place during the pandemic, all work was done when the home was not occupied, and subsequent assistance and maintenance has taken place remotely. He notes, “Luckily, our team has been able to adapt to continue to provide service to our clients in a safe way.”

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