SimCraft announced the creation of the APEX1 and the APEX2 today, designed to accommodate customers with the need for elite quality simulation, but without the space required by what has been required for SimCraft’s flagship motorsport simulator, the APEX3. (and APEX4 / APEX5)
The APEX1 is a 1 degree of freedom motion simulator with YAW motion, where customers can feel oversteer and understeer, and the limit of adhesion in a motion simulator.
The APEX2 is a 2 degree of freedom motion simulator with YAW and PITCH motion, where customers can feel oversteer and understeer, and the limit of adhesion as well as accelerations, braking, and uphills/downhills.
The two units fit into a 4’x5′ space.
The announcement of the two new products came with a new “trim” package called the CT, or “compact trainer”, available only on these two new products.
The CT trim package has full integration of the supporting electronics into the cockpit, allowing for small installation spaces.
“We wanted to build a sim where all of the electronics were contained within the cockpit.”, said Sean Patrick MacDonald, SimCraft’s co-founder and chief technologist.
“This was in conjunction with the idea of creating the small footprint APEX1 and APEX2.”, continued MacDonald. “It didn’t make a lot of sense to develop small footprint motion sim options for our customers if we required a 2’x2′ area just for electronics.”
“Once we decided one 55″ curved screen would work well on our cockpit, maintaining the idea of a small footprint, we had to eliminate a bulky PC from the equation. The MSI laptop positioned above the screen works better than I first imagined.”
The compact trainer trim package is powered by an MSI laptop featuring nVidia GTX1070 graphics and is uniquely positioned above the main curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra High Definition LED TV.