$185 000 buys you The Most Realistic Racing Simulator

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What would you do with $185 000? Buy a sports car? HA! Loser! That kind of coin doesn’t need to be dropped into a vehicle that’ll make you hate birds with loose stomachs even more than usual. No way, who needs that kind of grief?

Me, I’d rather combine my love of fast cars with not being outside, and purchase the mother of all racing rigs instead. Such as this beast from Hammacher Schlemmer. Here’s the official description of their particular rig, which is literally named The Most Realistic Racing Simulator:

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This is the simulator that provides riders with the most realistic car racing experience available. Selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration.

Faithfully reproducing actual racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, the chassis’ front dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron, all while a driver up to 300 lbs. is secured by an actual racing seat, seatbelt, and “doors”.

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Its two paddle gear shifters, steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch–all from real race cars and modified for simulator use–provide rapid gear changes and provide adjustable travel for optimal realism. The force-feedback steering system generates 10x the forces of lesser simulators.

Providing 12 race cars that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, the simulator replicates precisely modeled signage and backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses, ranging from Joesville Speedway to Nuerburg on a 108″-wide, triple HD monitor display with a 500-watt audio system.

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I’m not a petrol-head, but I’d assume that the combination of certain keywords above have given you a rush of blood to the cockpit. And while it would be far, far more sensible to buy an exorbitantly expensive midlife crisis, I kind of like having the luxury of not having to worry about crashing an exotic car when I’m high on Quaaludes life.

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Now let’s see if I can play Mario Kart on this.

Last Updated: July 30, 2015

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