20 MAY 2020
Mini-Mustang simulator chassis #002 ready for Rick Kelly
Rick Kelly kicked off the BP Supercars Allstars Eseries with his home-made camp chair racing simulator which was hugely popular and inspired the fans to build their own camp chair sim rigs. While comfortable and convenient with its multiple cup holders and arm rests, it has lacked the pace of the other sims in pit lane.
Chassis #001 was put together hastily with some old timber lying around the shed, and over the course of the Eseries season Rick has been steadily upgrading it with top of the line racing simulation equipment including three 55-inch LG OLED monitors, Simworx steering box and pedals and Supercars wheel.
With all of the high-tech upgrades, it only made sense for Rick to build sim chassis #002 and get the whole rig on par with the equipment bolted to it. With this in mind, Rick has built a mini-me Castrol Racing Ford Mustang Supercar complete with OMP race seat, Supercars rear wing for additional downforce and all of the Simworx gear including the new addition of a Supercars-style gear shifter.
To create the Mustang 'body,' Rick formed the pony shape himself from timber, then bolted it to a reinforced floor and added in a custom dashboard to house the steering system and audio controls. The three LG OLED monitors are now propped up on some neat stainless steel mounts which Rick fabbed up and welded himself from leftover box section steel.
The Acer Predator computer that runs the show is positioned under the bonnet at the front of the sim for maximum cooling while Castrol green LED lighting ensures Rick won't be missed during Supercar night race events.
Sim chassis #002 will make its racetrack debut tonight for round seven of the BP Allstars Eseries as we return to the USA to race on two iconic NASCAR oval tracks.
Rick Kelly, #15 Castrol Racing
"Most people would have seen that I built the camp chair simulator for the start of the Eseries season, and that was a bit of a rough job and with all of the upgraded gear I've been acquiring over the last few weeks and upgrading the simulator I thought it was only right we build chassis #002 and make the whole setup a bit nicer."
"So this week I've got literally no practice in because I've spent the whole week putting together this new simulator so while it looks pretty fast and racey I'll probably still be up the back of the field!"
"I started off by measuring up the inside of the cockpit from my actual Castrol Racing Mustang Supercar and I built this new version with the exact same driving position which is pretty cool. I got some pretty cheap framing timber from Bunnings, created a rough shape of a Mustang, stickered it up with my actual Mustang livery, bolted an old Supercar wing on the back and it's turned out kind of like a little Aussie Racing Mustang which is quite cool."
"I've even got the LEDs underneath so we'll be able to do all of the night races too."