Asian Motorsport recently visited Drivers Lab Dubai, a high-tech motorsport simulation center located near the Dubai Autodrome in Motor City, Dubai.

By Nida Anis

Unique to the Middle East region, a growing hub for motorsport in Asia, this facility offers an advanced environment for both motorsport enthusiasts and professional drivers.

Drivers Lab is a collaboration between Hong Kong-based driver Dan Wells and Taiwanese racer Oscar Lee, who are reigning Pro-Am Champions in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia championship with DW Evans GT.

An Asia Formula Renault Champion, Wells has also raced in the Macau GP, British Formula 3, and British Formula Renault. Lee, another Asian Formula Renault alumnus, has raced in Chinese F4 and China GT4.

Lee: “There’s no other place like this in the Middle East”

Speaking about Drivers Lab, Wells said, “It’s a great place for drivers to really hone in on their technique. It gives them that space, away from the engines and distractions at a racetrack, to lock-in, engage in one-to-one sessions with their coaches, and focus on what they need to improve.”

Lee added, “There’s no other place like this in the Middle East that offers these services to drivers competing at a high level. It’s encouraging to see the amount of interest in our facility, especially with the numerous championships racing in the UAE at the moment.”

DWI driver Kai Daryanani gears up for a session in Drivers Lab Dubai’s flagship simulator | Credit: Drivers Lab Dubai

The centerpiece of Drivers Lab Dubai is a 180-degree panoramic projection room simulator, equipped with a real Formula carbon fibre tub chassis.

This simulator provides an authentic driving experience, allowing users to practice and refine their racing skills, adjust car setups, and collaborate with engineers on performance optimization.

In addition to the main simulator, the facility includes a professional-grade engineering room for performance analysis and strategy development. Another feature is the EVO GT simulator, which offers a varied simulation experience with its 55-inch monitors.

Drivers Lab is a partner of Cool Performance and Pro-Sim, powerhouses in the world of racing simulator technology and suppliers to Formula 1 drivers such as Lando Norris. Through this collaboration, the Drivers Lab facility acts as a showroom for customers interested in purchasing, installing, or servicing a state-of-the-art simulator.

Beyond simulators

Drivers Lab Dubai also focuses on client comfort, providing lounging areas, a locker room, and other amenities to enhance the overall experience. The center offers a range of services including annual memberships, rental options for various skill levels, and venue hire for corporate and private events.

The facility also provides a comprehensive “arrive-and-drive” race experience, managing all aspects of racing season planning and motorsport logistics for both new and experienced racers.

Wells debriefs with Evans GP driver Costa Toparis after a simulator session | Credit: Drivers Lab Dubai

Located within the Motor City Union Coop Mall, Drivers Lab Dubai benefits from convenient access to amenities such as free indoor parking, dining options, coffee shops, and a supermarket. This strategic location enhances the visitor experience beyond the racing simulation.

Drivers Lab Dubai collaborates with partners like Cool Performance and Pro-Sim, reflecting the evolving dynamics of motorsport training and entertainment.

Asian Motorsport’s visit to the facility revealed a fusion of technology and reality, shaping the future of motorsport experiences for professionals and enthusiasts.

Header photo credit: Drivers Lab

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