Frequently asked questions

Will using a simulator really make me faster on the track?

Using a simulator on a regular basis improves your ability to maximise your time in a real car. With limited amounts of time for practice, if you turn up at a race or test already dialled into the track you'll be one step ahead of the competition. A simulator will never replace real time experience but it will enable you to maximise that precious track time.

Isn't a simulator just a fancy computer game?

Absolutely not. The environment created by a simulator is just like real life. You are sitting in a racing car and the screen is positioned away from you so you can become absorbed into virtual reality. As you drive you can pick out all of the reference points you would in reality.

Will you be there with me on the day?

Yes. If you want to come alone we will run the day for you and it will be fully tailored to your requirements. We will run the simulator in the same way a team would run a race car. You can take the day at your own pace and at the end of the day you can take away your data to study at your leisure.

Can I bring my race engineer/driver coach to BPS?

You are more than welcome to bring your team along. We will still run the simulator but they day will be run in accordance of yours and your team needs.

Which simulator can I come and use?

We have two at the BPS facility near Banbury; the BPS4.8+ single seater with full motion and the BPS GT.

Can I visit BPS if I am not a professional driver?

Of course – no previous experience necessary. If you just want to experience the thrill of racing anywhere in the world, in a safe environment, BPS is the place to do it! The way we structure your session will be different to that of a regular professional user, but we will make sure that you get the most out of your time with us.

I've booked my first session at BPS – what should I expect?

You should bring gloves, boots and light clothing (it can get hot).

We now recommend the use of your racing helmet within the BPS 4.8+ motion system. This is not only for your safety, but to replicate your real field of vision.

Occasionally drivers experience motion sickness whilst using a simulator. If you suffer from travel or motion sickness we advise you to take a travel sickness pill at least two hours before your session is due to start.

By booking a session with Base Performance Simulators you agree to the following terms and conditions:

If there is anything we can do to help you maximise the advantage you gain by visiting Base Performance Simulators, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 1295 276611 or

I'm interested in buying a simulator. Why would I choose BPS?

It is knowledge and expertise that we have that sets us apart. The knowledge that Darren Turner has gained from his envious position of working with many F1 teams means that he knows what's important and what gives the best results. That is what BPS has concentrated on to give the best value for money.