MicroTurismo will have you racing F1 replicas in your living room
Ladies and gentlemen, lovers of everything fast and agile, like Formula 1 cars for example, lend me your eyes for a few minutes so that you too can elevate your quarantine game. A recent Kickstarter campaign ended today, April 24, 2021, with one of the most sustained campaigns I’ve seen launched on the service. What did 512 backers pledge their money for? MicroTurismo.
To keep things simple, MicroTurismo is the smallest F1 car racing game I’ve seen so far. Every time you hear the pun you will probably start to think of a digital game. No no no, this is the kind of game in which small remote control cars roam your living room as if it were Monaco.
What you get if you buy this kit is essentially a high performance racing car that has been designed to be driven from the comfort of your own home. The idea is pretty straightforward, but it’s one of those products where execution matters the most, and the designers seem to get it.
The entire design is based on a chassis. It is this chassis that constitutes the vehicle that you drive. What you will basically get is a frame, motor, camera, remote receiver, and battery. The frame is made of 5754 and 6082 aluminum bearings, 304 stainless steel, titanium and oilite brass.
Once you have everything assembled, you will still be missing an important aspect of the design, the bodywork. Out of the box you will receive the F1 body, which consists of 5,754 aluminum parts and 3D printed. Yes, 3D printed. Why? One of the hallmarks of this whole project is that it includes an open-source library of bodies, although it is not yet operational.
But that does … yes, that means new body models can be downloaded and 3D printed right from the comfort of your own home, assuming you own a printer. Now you can also drive the car without the bodywork, but imagine driving your favorite car right into your living room through a track setup in exactly the shape you want. Don’t worry, there is an app that goes with the car, so you’ll be racing via your smartphone.
Going further, the chassis is also adjustable, which means you can play with the size of the car and the body as well. But the real reason behind the modification is that the MicroTurismo chassis is adapted to fit specific car models of famous RC car brands.
The team will make you race scale models of a Ferrari 250 GTO, a Porsche 911, the 1978 Monte Carlo edition, or even a Ford Mustang FF. And that’s only a quarter of the models available. You can also use a Porsche GT1, Jaguar E-Type, Audi Quatro 4 wheels driving, and even a Datsun pickup. The latter seems quite personal to me. Some of the brands considered are Fly Car Models, Scalextric, AirFix and Ninco.
Let’s say for a moment that the campaign was still going on. For € 129 ($ 156 at current exchange rates) you would have received a car kit, remote control, and access to the drawings library. With this small car, two batteries are offered. One allows 20 minutes by car, while the other 60 minutes.
With a high revving, fully functioning replica of a V6 engine, you will leave 15 km / h (9.3 mph) burn marks on your hardwood floor. Just kidding, the tires are urethane so no marks.
All I have to say is the following: Dear MicroTurismo Team, I understand your Kickstarter campaign is over, but where can I now buy one of these sets. You know, my birthday just passed and I haven’t given myself anything yet. I would like to start with this.