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      11-17-2023, 06:34 PM   #1
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F1 Arcade

Has anyone been to either of the F1 Arcades in London or Birmingham, and would you recommend?
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      12-02-2023, 01:52 AM   #2
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Just to report back from a recent visit with work, I took a few snaps.
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      12-08-2023, 02:49 AM   #3
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I've been to the one in London twice and think it's great!

As the name suggests, it's more of an arcade than a true sim but you will have hilarious moments with mates and the cocktails and drinks are reasonably priced for where you are.

I think it's worth the visit 100% and a friend who won tickets to a watch party there said that was a great experience, but what was best is the unlimited use of the sim's while everyone else was watching the race lol
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Yeah, itís great isnít it, Iíve now booked to go back again next week.

The venue I visited was in Birmingham, only the second one in the world to open.

For the benefit of others, itís basically a social racing venue. A bit like Flight Club (without the darts) or Sixes Cricket (without the wickets), combining an activity (in this case, racing) with eating and drinking. Its ideal for the corporate market, as well as big groups of mates looking for something different. Inside itís a really nice space and even as a bar, itís pretty swanky and people were just going there to drinkÖ perhaps as the novelty wears off that might happen less but still for now it had a good vibe. And a good mix of men and women!

You can race in teams of up to six players. We had three players in ours, although I was disappointed the race itself only had 10 cars instead of the usual 20 runners. I wonder if thatís a limitation of the hardware, I never did find out.

Apparently each rig is worth £60k 🤯 so some serious kit! But agreed, it is more arcadey than a sim. My main criticisms would be that it doesnít have enough feedback (even though the rig moves and vibrates), so you donít know when youíre going to lose control. And thereís no damage. However, I guess they have to make it accessible to all to keep the experience enjoyable.

Definitely recommend if you get the opportunity!
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      02-02-2024, 08:06 AM   #5
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They are opening one in Boston (US) soon, and within walking distance from my office. The pictures look great, matduggy. Looking forward to the opening here.
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