On Wednesday 18th March Lets Race, the UK’s only full motion Formula 1 simulator centre, will be installing a new bespoke steering wheel system into their cars ahead of a special fundraising event with KartForce - a team of serving and ex-serving injured troops that race in karting events around the country and abroad.
The new system has been designed to accommodate the drivers who, after being severely wounded in action, have a plethora of injuries including amputations, spinal damage, 3rd degree burns and brain trauma. The new wheel will not only give drivers easier access to all controls but both the accelerator and brake functions have also been built into the system so racers do not need to use the standard floor pedals.
Ben Stephenson, Commercial Manager at Lets Race, commented:
“I have supported KartForce for a number of years now and the lads are just fantastic so it was a great pleasure to design a new wheel system for our simulators so they could hit our virtual tracks at Lets Race. Although they race across Europe they are limited with a kart’s top speed whereas our full motion F1 models imitate speeds of up to 200mph so it will definitely up the adrenaline levels and make for a great night of racing.”
The special event on the 18th March invites all racing enthusiasts/general public to challenge the KartForce drivers and battle it out on the track in a bid to raise vital funds to enable them to continue racing and purchase their specialist equipment.
The event, which will run from 5pm at Lets Race on Brighton Road in Horley, costs £35 per driver and includes a full safety briefing, 15 minute practice/qualifying session, a telemetry review followed by a 15 minute race and super final.
Dave Player, the founder of KartForce who is an ex-Royal Engineer and wheelchair user from a spinal injury, commented:
“We’re officially recognised by the Combined Services Sports Board, Battle Back, British Army Motorsport Association and Army Karting – and around half the lads are still serving. However, we don’t get any official funding and have survived on the fantastic support of the Great British public and companies so KartForce needs your help.
“We are really looking forward to the evening at Lets Race and encourage everyone to take on the challenge. Not only will you be supporting our fantastic cause but you will also be in for a great, fun night of top racing.”
For more information on the KartForce challenge at Lets Race or to book a driving space please contact Dave Player on 0782 462 8029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org