You probably now Hammacher Schlemmer, an online retailer that sells a variety of different consumer goods, specially “toys” for people with deep pockets. Their latest offering is $185,000 racing simulator. Maybe, you’ll say that’s a lot of money to spend to play a video game, but for that amount you’ll get the most realistic racing simulator that money can get you without any of the danger involved. You can use a variety of different vehicles and then race them on real tracks that have been adapted for the system, totally risk free. For the start, when you are sitting in the systems monocoque fiberglass chassis, it feels like you are seated in a real car. The chassis is complete with a real racing seat, a real racing steering wheel, paddle shifters, and pedals.
The simulator also has a realistic feedback system. That means when your using it, it requires the same amount of force to change the gears, accelerate, or turn the steering wheel as seen on real sports or race cars. It vibrates and provides realistic feedback to the user. Additionally the chassis of the simulator is suspended in the air by what looks to be a hydraulic system of some nature. The entire unit can roll, turn from side to side, and rotate completely 360° with up to 0.5G’s of acceleration. The “video game” is then displayed on not one, but three high-resolution monitors.
Users can chose from 12 race cars on this simulator, including stock cars, GT, F1 and F3 race cars. It also has a few tracks loaded up as well. You can play on Nascar tracks or race on the Nürburgring. Combine all of those features with the units 500-watt audio system, and suddenly this is probably the most realistic racing simulator ever.