Introducing the Evotek Sym 026
As video game simulators go, this machine makes the eminently realistic Forza Motorsport for Xbox look like an Etch-A-Sketch. Everything from track runoff area pebbles to neighboring farm houses are rendered in distracting HD detail. The brainchild of a former Ferrari F1 engineer, with a price tag of $90,000, the Evotek was designed with pro racers in mind — but quickly morphed into a high-tech toy for the ultimate game room.
Meet The Designer
Evotek Engineering srl R&D and Technical Director
Gian Luigi “Gigi” Cavani has 30 years of experience as a project manager, starting first at Ferrari spa, then continuing as a freelance and, most recently, as an associate of Evotek Engineering.
He started working at the Ferrari Racing Department in 1979, focusing in particular on developing and improving the chassis and suspension. In 1984 he was in charge of designing the chassis, suspension, and controls group, for the 4-wheel-drive Ferrari project.
From 1986 to 1994, he was the chief designer for the Ferrari Racing Department R&D, and from 1994 to 1999 he went on to manage the Testing and Test-Bed Department at Ferrari spa. While at Ferrari, “Gigi” was part of the team that first devised the steering wheel shift now adopted by all professional racing car makers.
From 1998 to 2003 he was a member of the EU commission for the Fifth Framework Agreement, with the title of Expert for the Assessment of R&D Projects in the automotive field.
Starting in 1999 up to 2008, “Gigi” consulted as a freelancer on R&D projects for both Ferrari and Maserati production cars, and also conducted testing for the Ferrari Formula 1 team.
In 2007 he co-founded Evotek Engineering and took the lead of the R&D department, acting at the same time as technical director.