• Apr 27th 2010 at 8:01PM
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Volkswagen Scirocco by day, video game controller by night – Click above to watch video after the jump

We've always envied those awesome home-stitched arcade racing consoles. It's not that we aren't handy enough to screw a few pieces of plywood together, it's just that there isn't enough space in either the living room or the garage for that kind of craft project, and our significant others don't generally go for that sort of thing anyhow. The kids from Karjak CarLab have us officially reconsidering that stance, though.

Instead of raiding the local home-supply store for materials, the crew managed to talk a brand-new 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco into pretending that it's a video game controller by hooking up the OBD port to a computer. As the nut in the driver's seat wrenches on the steering wheel and operates the pedals, the system translates the maneuvers into ones and zeros. Throw in a projector good enough to cover your garage door, add a decent sound system, and you've officially got the most awesome driving simulator on the block – no shaking or baking required. We would suggest this would be the only way to play Gran Turismo 5 when it hits the shelves, but honestly, we're increasingly feeling that we're more likely we'll get our AARP cards in the mail first. Hop the jump to see a video of the set up in action.

[Source: Hack A Day]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      its prbbly like a dyno or sumtin
      • 5 Years Ago
      if you watch closely in the beginning of the video you can see the wheels are on a black square which is probably made of plastic. That combined with a hard floor below it would allow the wheels to turn very easily with only the friction between the plastic and the floor being present, which is very low compared to rubber and floor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks fun! More fun than driving a Scirocco in real life though?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Turning the wheel while stationary for long periods of time can't be good for the steering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its prbbly
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is way too cool! It is definitely a great blog topic! Thanks Zach! Check out our blog as well: www.WeAreMetro.com/volkswagen
      • 5 Years Ago
      Either the OBDII sensor's steering wheel data isn't very precise or this guy shouldn't have a license... It seems like it doesn't really work as a controller unless you're ok with flying into trees every few seconds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No hat tip for me? weak...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone needs to rig this up in a drive-by-wire car, with the projector installed in a roof scoop. Instead of street racing, you could pull up to any wall for some sim racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And find a way to wirelessly communicate with OBD systems of other cars too so you can have your friend drive up next to you and compete...
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