There are several aircraft types available in both fixed and rotary wing, including the F/A-18 Hornet from the new 'Top Gun' movie, the F-15C, F-16C, F-14A/B, A-10C, Spitfire Mk IX, Huey UH-1H helicopter, Mi-24P Hind gunship and more. Several aircraft can be flown multi-crew, so you can pilot and someone can operate as door gunner!
What cars are available?
There is a huge range of cars: Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Mercedes, Pagani and Porsche, plus lots more - see the full list here. For tracks, there is a huge choice of international circuits including Silverstone, Monza, Imola, Nurburgring, Red Bull Ring, Nordschliefe, Vallelunga, Zandvoort - and some fictional tracks.
What if I feel sick?
Some people do experience motion sickness with the use of Virtual Reality headsets, but the use of VR is not mandatory! In the event that you do, you can take a break, or remove the headset and use a large 43" screen instead. For new, adult users of VR, we would always recommend using screens first, then VR towards the end of the session. Kids are generally less susceptible to VR sickness in our experience.
How much do the simulators move?
We use professional motion simulators that move up to 150mm at their maximum level of movement in four planes - pitch, roll, yaw and heave. This may not sound a lot, but when you are immersed in a VR situation it can feel like it is moving more than it is. See some of our videos here for an idea of the level of movement.
How many simulators are there?
Currently we have two identical motion simulators. They can be configured for driving or flight, but it takes a few minutes to configure them for each experience. Hence, your experience has to be either driving or flight - but typically not both in the same session.
How many people will be driving or flying?
Given that we only have two simulators at present, there will be no more than two people driving at any one time. For flight, unless you specifically request to fly with someone else at the same time, it will be one person at a time during our initial launch phase.
Can I wear glasses?
You can wear glasses for VR if they are not too big ; we recommend a maximum width for your glasses to be 5.7 inches or 14.5cm - but if you can wear contact lenses or do without your glasses, it will be a much more comfortable experience. If you do choose to wear glasses, we would recommend no more than 30 minutes to start. Otherwise, if you're using screens, glasses are of course no problem.
What clothing should I wear?
For footwear, we would recommend lightweight shoes with slim soles or just take your shoes off - but not boots or thick soled, chunky footwear (and please make sure they're clean!!). Generally, you want to wear shoes that allow you to feel the brake pedals of a car as much as possible. For clothing, you can wear anything, but we would not recommend anything too bulky.
Our motion rigs are capable of moving over 800kg, but we do at present operate 'race style' bucket seats on the simulators, and your legs must be able to fit through a steel hoop to operate car pedals; see these pictures and videos. If you think you could climb into a normal sports car and operate it, you'll be fine. You can always visit us first to check - give us a call.
Are there any age or height restrictions?
We have a minimum height requirement of 1.35m for both cars and flight, as we only have a finite range of adjustment on seats and pedals/controllers. So, please ensure that your children are at least 1.35m tall in their socks. We would also recommend that children under the age of around 10 or 11 do not book the aircraft experience as it will be too complex for them - the flight experience is very much a simulator, and not a 'game'.
What hardware do you use?
Our PC hardware runs Windows 10 with modern high performance graphics cards, and we have several different peripherals to interact with the simulation software from Virpil, Thrustmaster and Fanatec. We use 43" Samsung TVs, and our VR headsets are either HP Reverb G2 or Oculus Rift S. Our motion systems are the T1000 5M from ProSimU.
What software do you use?
For driving, we use Assetto Corsa to enable players to compete 1 vs 1, or player vs AI. For flight, we use Digital Combat Simulator ( DCS ), where we offer single player, player vs AI or 1 vs 1.
These are the only software packages that we are licensed to operate.
We have a some options available during the week that make it cheaper to come with one other driver / flyer. Please check our offers page for more information.
Can you come to me?
Our motion platforms are extremely heavy so unfortunately we are not able to offer a mobile solution. But, feel free to bring along a bunch of people - we've a cafe here, a beautiful lake and plenty of parking.
Do you do Corporate Events?
Yes; we are currently in the process of finalising some corporate and team-building events for businesses to boost staff morale, improve teamwork, and get staff working together and having fun. We can create a bespoke package to your requirements and budget - and we have catering facilities on-site too.
What about refunds and cancellations?
We send out email reminders 24 hours prior to your booking to keep you on your toes! Inside of 24 hours we will still offer refunds or exchanges for alternate dates, but inside 2 hours of your booking, we cannot offer refunds or exchanges. For example, if you have a 4pm booking and ring us at 1.45pm, we can offer a refund or alternate date, but if you ring us at 2.15pm it will be too late to cancel.
What about COVID-19?
We have a time window between each appointment where all contact surfaces that can be cleansed are cleaned, and we ask that you wash your hands before using any equipment. If you wish to wear latex gloves you can, but please ensure that they do not have a powder coating. The sim unit is quite private so there are never too many people present.
We operate a zero tolerance approach to 'Rage Gaming' and/or abuse. If you or anyone in your party rages or abuses a staff member or guest, you will immediately forfeit your entire session and you will be liable for the full costs of repair or replacement if equipment is damaged as a result of rage gaming or any other wilful damage, as detailed in our waiver - see the footer.
What about disabled access?
Although the building we are in - The Grey House - can cater for disabled access, the construction of our motion simulators means that we cannot cater for people with physical disabilities, as you need to be able to climb into the seat and operate controls with both hands and feet. If you can can use a normal car (or aeroplane!), you can use our simulators.