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In the clubhouse of the Yas Links Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, an elegant and refined venue overlooking the sea and adjacent to the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit where the Formula 1 Grand Prix was taking place, guests at the exclusive Sunset Party hosted by Zagato were immersed in an extraordinary experience, driving vintage cars on Roarington simulators, seamlessly blending the roar of their engines with those of the single-seater racing cars nearby. This was the climax of a unique private event where attendees could admire an array of five exceptional Zagato creations on the green of the final hole, spanning from classic to contemporary, based on Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Porsche models. In the Golf Club’s stylish Lounge, the two simulators, also branded by Zagato in striking Rosso Z and Nero Bruciante, with Andrea Zagato, a representative of the third generation of a family that has been crafting automotive jewels for over a century, engaging with attendees and sharing the story of this truly unique company. The introduction of the Roarington programme and its world, making its inaugural appearance in the Middle East, was met with considerable interest.
The spectacular display of Zagato creations at the Yas Links Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.
The appeal of the Roarington simulators designed by renowned Atelier Zagato exceeded all expectations. Initially, there was the apprehension that comes with a machine which, thanks to sophisticated actuators, accurately mimics the track, allowing drivers to feel not just the pitching and rolling of the car during braking and cornering, but also the grip of the asphalt and the track’s curbs. Gradually, guests gained confidence in driving, learning their chosen car’s unique characteristics, whether in a Porsche, a Ferrari, or a vintage Formula 1 car. Finally, the ultimate thrill was taking to the track, with each driver pushing themselves to the limit behind the wheel of a simulator crafted by a legendary name in car design.
The Elio Z simulator designed by Zagato is part of the Roarington eRacing experience.
The event successfully delivered key messages. It showcased the ability of the Roarington world to link the past with the future, captivating a very high-profile audience. It also highlighted the exceptional legacy of Italian design, demonstrated through the Zagato cars on display and the distinctive genius of the simulators. Additionally, it emphasized the enjoyment that comes from driving simulators that are the result of sophisticated, cutting-edge and extremely realistic technologies, now also present in the United Arab Emirates.
The thrill of driving on the world's most famous circuits in the most iconic historic cars has officially arrived in the UAE.
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