Italy’s most popular sport, as you may know, is football, but the Italian passion for engines is also well known due also to successful companies like Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini as well as a few real “temples” of speed such as Monza, Mugello or Imola.
Andrea Rossetti, ever since he was a child, has been passionate about racing but, like many others, he wasn’t able to make it as a race car driver, partly due to the prohibitive costs of the sport. So he put aside his dream of glory and began, in the 1990s, working in the world of driving simulations, which in those days were just a bit more than video games. During this period, Andrea founded his company, ARC Team, and started manufacturing accessories like steering wheels, pedals and gears for passionate racers, but his ambition soon led him to push for something more, something bigger … real race car drivers.
The goal was no longer to design high-quality products for demanding players, but rather tools for those with cars that really race and are looking to train even when they are away from the track. An ambitious goal needing investment and expertise, but Andrea wasn’t discouraged; in a few years, his company changed and, in what seems like one of the many garage in the Pavese, began pulsating some of the most advanced technology in terms of simulation. So advanced, in fact, that even as we talk about him, in the next room there’s a driver racing his Porsche on a virtual track in Dubai and who, in a few weeks, is really going to race. He’s working with a group of engineers to help him find the best possible position and everything is on board one of Rossetti’s gems, a simulator second only in quality to that of a Formula 1 team.
ARC Team offers not only tools, but all of the necessary support; products which can be personalized even in the smallest detail, including car specifications and tracks desired. Andrea explains how today ARC Team is able to simulate any car, even GP2 cars. As if to say, anything better than this, would be to visit an actual team structure like that of Ferrari or Red Bull, inaccessible to anyone who is not yet a Formula 1 driver.
It is possible to use ARC Team’s facilities and train with them and followed by an engineer. Andrea explains that there several riders who have purchased or rented entire simulators and have had them installed directly in their homes so they can train for a real race or simply for the thrill of speed (economically not for everyone as the cost may reach €350,000, but much cheaper than a real racing car).
The most important project at the moment is a new driving simulator, which Andrea has revealed very few details, especially relating to the aesthetics (a more appealing line, a bit of eye candy!) which ARC Team will present directly in the United States.
ARC Team is still rather small in terms of numbers, spirited by a few passionate individuals yet the result is amazing, as confirmed by many drivers and “gentleman” drivers who rely on its structure to ensure better chances of winning or to even just experience the thrill of high speed without having to risk one’s own skin.
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