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The Grid is now home to motion-based driving simulators

The Topsia party and dine den now has two new motion-based driving stimulators, the first of its kind in India, that will give you a feel of the adrenaline rush of a Formula 1 race

Farah Khatoon | Published 04.12.23, 11:40 AM
The static model is a robust platform offering precision control and caters to enthusiasts seeking an entry point into the world of racing simulation.

The static model is a robust platform offering precision control and caters to enthusiasts seeking an entry point into the world of racing simulation.

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You have more reasons to hang out at The Grid. The Topsia party and dine den now has two new motion-based driving stimulators, the first of its kind in India, that will give you a feel of the adrenaline rush of a Formula 1 race. If you have tasted the throbbing energy of the engine at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, then you would know what we are talking about. Similar to the stimulators in Abu Dhabi, the two models — the Static simulator model and the 6 DOF simulator model, by MetaDrive, India’s inaugural motion-based driving simulator manufacturer, not only rekindled memories of our visit to the theme park but also made us relive it.

While the Static simulator, with a single screen and VR headsets transports you to the gaming arena, the 6 DOF takes the experience notches higher with its large screen, and stimulators that make you vibe with the machine and help set new records in completing laps.

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MetaDrive provides gamers and professionals with a home-grown product that combines cutting-edge technology with affordability. Manufactured in India, MetaDrive received strategic investment and venture-building support from Suraj Juneja & Associated Innovators, propelling the company into its next phase of development.

The 6 DOF model represents the pinnacle of simulation with six-dimensional movements. It provides an unparalleled level of realism, bringing every aspect of a virtualrace to life

The 6 DOF model represents the pinnacle of simulation with six-dimensional movements. It provides an unparalleled level of realism, bringing every aspect of a virtualrace to life

“MetaDrive’s journey began with a shared passion — a father and son playing a racing game together. Little did we know that those moments would spark an idea that evolved into MetaDrive. It’s a testament to the power of shared dreams and the joy of turning a shared passion into a reality,” said Chaitanya Malik, founder, MetaDrive.

Avinash Savalka has been a strategic investor at MetaDrive since October 2023. “Investing in MetaDrive was a natural choice for me. As someone deeply involved in the manufacturing landscape, I recognised not just a business opportunity but a kindred spirit in innovation. I see immense potential in MetaDrive’s journey to redefine the driving simulation industry,” he said.

Tonmoy Roy, corporate head of Karnani FnB Specialities LLP said they were “thrilled to have hosted a successful MetaDrive launch and Formula 1 watch party”. “With India’s first-ever motion-based driving simulators from MetaDrive, guests felt every bump and swerve on the real Abu Dhabi circuit. It was a truly one-of-a-kind event that captured the excitement and thrill of motorsports,” he said.

Last updated on 04.12.23, 11:40 AM
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