About us

Who we are

Base Performance Simulators is led by Double Le Mans winning Aston Martin factory driver, Darren Turner. A small, but experienced team bring a variety of skills to make the company work for its customers.

Darren Turner

With 15 years of experience in developing cutting-edge Formula 1 simulators, Darren has a unique insight into the science of racing simulation.

A former winner and subsequent judge of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, Darren knows what is important when it comes to driver training and development.

Darren joined Aston Martin Racing in 2005 and continues to work with multiple customer teams, whilst also leading their charge on the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Ella Barrington

Ella Barrington joined BPS in 2013 and is Managing Director, with responsibility for strategic and overall development of the company and its staff.

No stranger to the pit lane, Ella completed a master's degree in engineering before working with racing teams across a variety of series. Using this hard-won understanding, Ella is on hand to advise drivers and teams how to use simulation to complement a racing programme.

She loves nothing more than working with innovative partners on new technology and great events, travelling the world in the name of motorsport and always has a very tidy desk.

Lucy Woodbridge

Lucy joined the company in late 2016 to support the ever-expanding BPS team. Fresh from her master's degree in International Marketing at King's College London, Lucy is our in-house Marketing and Sales Executive - connecting our ample portfolio of suppliers with the BPS experts - to ensure you as the client have the best possible experience with the company.

Nick Boaz

Nick Boaz heads up our workshop, having previously worked in sportscars, single seaters and Formula 1. His eye for detail and organisation is exceptional, so Nick is in charge of simulator build, ongoing support and supplier liasion.

A former Chief Mechanic, Nick understands the importance of quality and reliability in the fast pace of motorsport. He keeps us on the straight and narrow.

As the team and customer base continues to grow, the operational support and systematic approach Nick provides to the company is invaluable.

Marc Wood

Marc Wood joined BPS in early 2016 as one of our growing technical team. With a background in international single seater racing, Marc specialises in data and electronics.

He now leads the computing and car modelling aspects of the companies ongoing development, alongside running simulator sessions and configuring customer systems.

Marc's passion for racing began in karting, competing at national level before heading to the University of Birmingham to study Motorsport Engineering. He has an insatiable appetite for improvement which is so important to Base Performance Simulators.

David Waters

David Waters is our resident circuit modelling expert and simulator operator. David has a degree in Motorsport Technology from the University of Hertfordshire, and since graduating has worked in motorsport simulation.

He has experience working on simulations from karting to single seaters through to tin tops and prototypes. David can built complete circuit models from scratch and is responsible for the ever expanding and improving database. Being able to offer this service in house is a vital part of our business.

What we do

Base Performance Simulators provides simulator packages tailored to the needs of each driver from its base near Banbury, just 20 minutes from Silverstone.

Hire

We hire simulators. The BPS simulators are an immersive experience, which is always available, always warm, dry, with no need for insurance, fuel or tyres. Sessions can last from two hours for a first-time taster, through to discounted whole-season packages.

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Events

We provide bespoke events for businesses entertaining clients or rewarding colleagues, or even drivers activating their sponsorship.

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Sales

We make simulators. For teams, drivers, professionals, amateurs, corporate initiatives. We work with all our clients to find the best possible simulator solution for them. We build long-term relationships with each client to make sure your simulator can evolve with you.

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Why we do it

Simulation is no longer the preserve of Formula 1. Using a simulator can help prepare any driver for any race, improving driving technique, consistency and ultimately, lap time.

Motor racing is one of few sports where practising your discipline is highly restricted due to the cost and limited circuit availability. With limited time in practice sessions, if you turn up at a race or test already dialled into the circuit you'll be one step ahead of the competition.

Using a simulator on a regular basis allows you to have covered the basics of both car and circuit, so you can then just focus on the finer details in the real car. A simulator will never replace real track experience but it does enable you to utilise that precious time.

We know

  • Simulation improves lap times
  • Simulation increases consistency
  • Simulation puts you in front of the competition

...which is why we work hard to provide our customers with the best simulation solutions. Simulators are our priority. We worry about them so you don't have to.