27 febbraio 2013 posted by: Federico Fattori
Paolo Di Credico is a Sparco fan who has succeeded in turning his passion into something real. Actually, something very close to real:a high-performance simulation game station. We met its creator to find out more.
When did you first come up with the idea of a Sparco game station?
I first started to give some thought to game stations some four years ago: I was having a hard time succeeding in my passion for engines because costs are just too high: so I thought I could exploit the high-quality simulations offered by videogames like rFactor and that’s how the idea of a Sparco game station was born.
Tell us more about your game station. Which are its main components?
At the beginning, my head was filled with all sorts of ideas. The first component I focused on was the seat. I wanted it to be slender and elegant as well as solid, so I came up with the Sparco Rev, a seat that you just have to try before you say anything.
Then, I bought the steering wheel and the pedals (Logitech G25) and had a thirty-years-experience blacksmith create a custom frame. The result resembles faithfully a racecar set up: the steering wheel, the gearshift and the distance between the seat and the pedals can be adjusted to the driver’s height and according to the specifications of different motorsports (Gran Turismo, F1, Rally, DTM). Besides, I designed a board in front of the steering wheel, to be able to use a laptop PC as well as a PS3. On top of it all, there is your sound system, adding and boosting up the emotion of a real drive.
Unfortunately, as my funds were rather limited, I had to wait for ten months before to finally bring my Sparco Game Station to completion. It was too bad to look at that frame and all the other gear sitting there in my garage, without being able to play with them – Now, though, the sheer thrill to be able to ride 700-800 cv bullets in my lounge has made it all worth it.
Any more upcoming projects for high-quality simulation?
Sure! My next goal is to reproduce car motions and road imperfections and grant a yet richer driving experience. It would be wonderful to work at this project with Sparco and to finally make my dream come true – A dream I hold on to since I was just a ten-years-old kid.