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Gold Coast, Australia — Next Level Racing is introducing new technology that offers fans of driver and flight simulators a level of realism previously unmatched in the simulation industry.

Despite marked improvements in simulation technology in recent decades, there remained a gap between the raw realism and sensation of being behind the wheel or a joystick, and the experience that even the best simulators could offer. Now, thanks to Next Level Racing’s Traction Plus technology, that gap has nearly been shut.

“Our goal is to be the world leader in racing simulation technology,” said Hess Ghah, CEO of Next Level Racing, “We understood that in order to achieve the ultimate realism that we strive to offer our customers, we needed completely unique technology and engineering.”

To achieve that ultimate level of realism, the team at Next Level Racing has worked with world leading motion and software engineers for over 4 years on the Traction Plus. The result is an experience that lets drivers feel sway, surge, roll, pitch, understeer and front traction loss, oversteer and rear traction loss, power sliders and drifting, partial heave and vehicle/road effects in ways that were previously unheard of. Users will even be able to sense and feel the subtle differences between front, rear and four-wheel drive vehicles thanks to the precise feedback Traction Plus offers.

“For a consumer-level motion platform, it’s absolutely outstanding,” exclaimed Lee Mather, Game Director of Codemasters F1 2019, after trying out Traction Plus at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). “I’ve used many platforms (…) but to finally have one that has a sled as part of it, it brings a whole different dimension to the way it feels.”

If the user is in the air, as opposed to on the pavement, the pilot is able to feel traverse axis, lateral turbulence and side wind effects, as well as the experience of a crosswind landing. Much like Next Level Racing’s Racing Motion Platform V3, Traction Plus technology can be used to simulate flight and landing at a level recognized and utilized by military and defence contractors and departments.

“This is product we are very proud to launch and offer to our customers both professional and home users,” affirmed Ghah. “We plan to continue innovating with a product range that continues to close the gap between simulation and real life.”

The Next Level Racing® Traction Plus platform is available from August through global retailers, including those Europe (€5999 EUR, VAT included), UK (£5499 GBP, VAT included) and Asia Pacific ($8999 AUD, GST included / $5999 USD).
North American partners will receive stock Q4 2019.

A complete list of all products can be found on our product page here.

Next Level Racing Releases First in Challenger Series of Products 

Challenger Simulator Cockpit offers high-quality realism at market leading price point  

 

(Gold Coast, Australia) Next Level Racing is introducing the first in a line of products that will solidify its reputation as the maker of best-in-class racing, driving and flight simulators, while doing so at an incredibly accessible and affordable price ($349 USD).  

 The Challenger Simulator Cockpit offers users with the same high-quality, authentic simulator experience that Next Level Racing has provided its customers for a decade, at a price point that makes it the most competitive in the market.  

“We are very excited to be finally releasing the Challenger Series to the world,” said CEO of Next Level Racing, Hess Ghah. “We made it our goal to offer customers the level of realism and adjustability that fans of Next Level Racing have come to expect, and to do so at an affordable, accessible price.”  

The focus on high-quality construction and realism that has helped Next Level Racing build its reputation as an industry leader hasn’t been put aside in order to offer lower priced products. And the commitment to quality is being noticed not just by fans, but by industry experts as well.  

“I’ve been watching the evolution of Next Level Racing over the last decade; I’ve seen them upgrade their components, their quality, their construction,” said Shaun Cole of the Simpit Youtube Channel, a channel dedicated entirely to the world of Sim racing. “This year, what was so special to me, [is that] they were really looking out for the new guy in sim racing (the guy just getting a foothold in the market), and coming out with a line of affordable products.”  

On top of affordability, the Challenger Cockpit sets itself apart thanks to its minimalistic design and adjustable features; it fits almost any living space, and the pedals, wheel and gear-shifter position can be adjusted to accommodate users of all sizes. It also offers out of the box support for wheels, pedals and gear shifters, whether they’re entry-level or higher end accessories.  

This product is the first in the Challenger Series of products set to be released throughout the rest of 2019. The Challenger Series will include the Challenger Seat Add-On — which converts the Wheel Stand Lite and Wheel Stand Racer stands into full racing cockpits — Challenger Monitor Stand and Challenger Flight Simulator.  

 The Challenger Simulator Cockpit is available from August through global retailers, including those in North America ($349 USD), Europe (€349 EUR, VAT included), UK (£299 GBP, VAT included) and Asia Pacific ($499 AUD, GST included).  

 A complete list of all products offered by Next Level Racing and where to find them can be seen on Next Level Racing website.  

Fast Facts:

Features 

  • Patent pending design provides rigid support for steering wheel, shifter and pedals whilst taking up minimal space  
  • Adjustable wheel height and angle 
  • Adjustable pedal distance and angle 
  • Seat slider (included) allows quick and easy adjustment of seat for different sized users 
  • Gear shifter support (included) can be added on left or right side, has two different heights based on preference and can be attached next to the seat or next to the wheel 
  • Position of centre pole is designed not to interfere with driving, braking or serious heel and toe driving 
  • Seat is angle adjustable and designed to allow users weighing up to 150kg (330lbs) to race comfortably
  • Height adjustable feet (included) protect your floor from scratches and scuff marks 
  • Compatible with all major wheel and pedals; pre-drilled for Logitech®, Thrustmaster®, Fanatec®,  
  • Premium laser cut, robot welded carbon steel in Matte Black 

Specifications 

  • Supported Height - 120 - 210 cm (4ft - 6ft 9 inches) 
  • Supported Max Weight - 150 kg (330lbs) 
  • Product Dimensions – 140 x 48 x 93cm (55 x 18 x 93 inches) 
  • Product Weight – 24kg (52lbs) 
  • Boxed Dimensions – 84 x 55 x2 7cm (33 x 21 x 10 inches) 
  • Boxed Weight – 32kg (70lbs) 
  • Part Number – NLR-S016 

Next Level Racing had the pleasure of meeting with Lee Mather, Game Director of the Formula 1 Game series by Codemasters and Shaun Cole from The Simpit. They had the chance to share their thoughts on our new products including the new Traction Plus Motion Platform, our new wheel stands and new cockpits.

View the interviews below, to see more videos like this you can subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Next Level Racing Flight Simulator Cockpits made an appearance at the Air Force Day in the Netherlands thanks to Flight Sim Web Shop! The event is run over 2 days at the Volkel Air Base. A total of 3 cockpits were in use for visitors to get up and flying. If you're in Europe, visit our new partner Flight Sim Web Shop for all your flight simulation here.