Sunday, November 28, 2021

Simworx and Katapult collaborate to design new Ferrari Experience attraction concept

The Ferrari Experience media-based midway attraction concept was launched at IAAPA in Orlando last week. The Ferrari concept is a media-based attraction, featuring immersive simulator rides, an esports adrenalin hub and exclusive themed dining experiences for all the family to enjoy. 

Ferrari launched the concept alongside international themed attraction designers, Katapult and Simworx, a leading manufacturer of media-based attractions.

Left to right: Terry Monkton, CEO, Simworks; Phil Higgins, Co-Founder & COO, Katapult; and Annabel Rochfort, Director, Location Based Entertainment & Esports (Global) at Ferrari. Monkton, Higgins and Rochfort unveiled the Ferrari Experience concept at IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, November 18. Photo credit: Jordan Zauha, IPM

Speaking at the launch, Ferrari’s Annabel Rochfort, Director of Location Based Entertainment & Esports said, “The Ferrari Experience concept will allow us to connect with our global fans like never before. We know consumer demand for a Ferrari midsize concept is high, and we are delighted to bring this exciting opportunity to the market to provide guests with the true Ferrari experience.”

Ferrari Experience boasts a fully immersive attraction utilizing Simworx simulation technology and attractions to virtually transport guests around Italy and discover more about Ferrari’s designs and history. Photo credit: Jordan Zauha, IPM

Phil Higgins, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Katapult said, “We are excited to partner with Ferrari to develop a truly unique midway attraction concept. We have worked extensively to distill the brand’s tradition, innovation, passion and luxury, to create an authentic and scalable experience for Ferrari fans around the world to enjoy.”

Higgins described the facility as a 6,000 square meter (about 64,500 square foot) concept that takes guests to Maranello, Italy. This starts with a VIP bus tour through Italy and caps off with a virtual encounter with Ferrari’s founder Enzo Ferrari.

Terry Monkton, CEO, Simworx, described some of the Simworx products included in the concept along with their respective experiences. They include:

  • Flying Theatre – Guests will fly over and experience a Formula 1 race.
  • Immersive Tunnel – In a 360-degree projection tunnel, a 30-passenger bus will ride on a short track and travel through Italy.
  • Immersive Adventurer – Guests witness and experience the evolution of the design of a Ferrari car.
  • Stargazer Motion Theatre – In an eight-passenger vehicle, guests will simulate an open driving experience.
The Ferrari Experience also features an “esports adrenalin hub” as part of its portfolio of experiences. Photo credit: Jordan Zauha, IPM

Plans are also in place for the Ferrari Experience to feature a frictionless, connected experience using guest experience technology. Ferrari and Katapult have also worked alongside Simworx, one of the world’s leaders in the supply of Immersive Dynamic Simulation Attractions and Dark Rides.

Bookings are now being taken for interested parties to take an exclusive virtual reality tour of the Ferrari Experience concept.

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