• Dec 24th 2009 at 11:00AM
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We give thumbs up to Cruden's reason for building a $191,500 F1 simulator: "Snooker rooms, swimming pools, gyms and cinemas have been done." So there. If you're over waiting for Codemasters to release F1 2009 on a real platform, or waiting for GT5 to ever show up and you have enough money to buy an SLS AMG and several weeks of track time, the Hexatech is waiting for you.

The fully-suspended system can be tailored to provide feedback based on the chassis setup, wheelbase and track, tire and suspension settings, drive train (engine, gearbox, differentials), aero loading, aero draft (slip streaming), steering, brakes and driver aids such as traction control, ABS, and more. It even has seat belt tensioners. And it isn't just for F1: the sim does NASCAR, WRC, and 24-Hour racing, too. Three 42-inch screens, or a projector and a room with at least a 10-foot ceiling will keep you in the action.

If you want one but you don't have that kind of dosh, there's still time to make a wish and be extra nice before Santa makes his final decision. Or you could ask Ferrari if you can borrow theirs...

[Source: F1 Fanatic]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait... how does $191,500 equate to an SLS AMG + Track time? :-X
      • 5 Years Ago
      This simulator was originally developed for motorsports use. Wirth Racing (the guys that built the Acura LMP cars) have one in house they used for vehicle development. The software is extremely powerful.

      You can configure it to exactly replicate the actual car. You can have an F1 cockpit mockup with all the actual controls (wheels, pedal assembly, etc). Teams have started using these for driver development and vehicle chassis development. It can use the exact telemetry/datalogging equipment as the real vehicles. So all the data generated during the simulation can be downloaded just as if it's the real car. So that's great for driver and vehicle development.

      I believe I heard the Michilen tire used it to do tire testing.

      And as mentioned above, might as well make some money on the side selling it to the general public. I got to try it out at PRI; it's pretty damn cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For that kinda money you could buy seat time in the real thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not much time if any, and not in a current one, and you wouldn't be able to push it anywhere near the limits. F1 cars are worth a hell of a lot more than 200k, and unless you're a high profile member of the press you're not getting a ride. Usually when renting something you have to either provide insurance for the full value, or a deposit for the full value. Not many millionaires are going around buying seat time in F1 cars.
        On the other hand you could outright buy a late 80s to early 90s F1 car for that price, but I think it's funny that people are saying buy a real car instead, anyone who would consider this thing would obviously be a serious can enthusiast and millionaire, and probably also own whatever real cars they wanted in addition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At the risk of flipping over or dying in F1 car, I'd feel safer in this no matter what the cost.

      --RS
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first I was going to write man that seems like a lot of money and a too expensive and then I realized that I would probably buy this in a heartbeat if I had the cash lying around.
      I like the NEC screen that Kaveh linked to better though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh. Didn't know what a 'snooker room' was. Thanks AB and Google!

      (P.S., just call it a freaking rec room or something. Jeez, stop giving stupid names to everyday things just to make it sound different. If I hear "Doorbuster sale" one more time I'm gonna scream.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buy a ForceDynamics motion simulator. This one is way over anyone's budget, and the FD is designed for all kinds of popular PC simulations out there.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld6xT5yfbhw
      • 5 Years Ago
      With that kind of money I could either get an expensive or a decent size house.

      Hmmm
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny when I first saw the title, I didn't see the other 1. I thought it was $19k. My reaction was "holy chit!!"

        Then. I saw it was $191k. Wow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Running racing software on this simulator is sooo..... pedestrian.

      Hook that sucker up to realtime Wall Street stock trades then hold onto your frigging hairpiece, brother!

      Hey, can that thing point straight down?
      • 5 Years Ago
      doesn't hold a candle to the Force-Dynamics 401 (especially at 3x the price).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Santa - I have been really good this year :-)!!!!!!
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