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Race-Star ConverTTable is our kind of furniture – Click above to watch video after the jump

A driving wheel sounds like a nice addition for any racing video game, but in reality it might not work as well as you hope. You have to find a place to mount the wheel and a make sure your pedals aren't sliding around the floor. It's not that much of a hassle, but a dedicated space for both wheel and pedals would be nice... throw in a racing seat and the virtual-racing ante has officially been upped.

But where would you store something like that and how do you craft it so as not to be a total eye-sore? Austrian company Race-Star has the answer and it comes in the form of the ConverTTable.

What appears to be a fairly basic box table actually hides a special gaming secret. The ConverTTable unfolds to reveal a driving wheel, adjustable pedals and a track mounted racing bucket. You can slide it in front of your TV and the Nürburgring on Gran Turismo 5 goes from a controller-hucking experience to a carousel-shredding event. When it's time to shut down the fun, simply fold the table back up and it turns right back into drink-holding furniture.

The price for a Race-Star ConverTTable setup is listed at €4,999, which translates to about $6,605 USD. That is a lot of coin for something you might be able to engineer in your garage. Can you produce the same level of fit-and-finish as Race-Star has achieved? Probably not, unless you are used to working with high-quality plastics. Regardless of the price, the Race-Star ConverTTable has earned its place on our Autoblog Holiday Wish List.

Hop the jump to see it in action.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a spare racing seat that isn't going in my daily driver... and I do like building things...
      • 4 Years Ago
      setup like that deserves a better game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is pretty trick...at first sight, it looked like there was no way that seat was going to fold up in there...either it was an optical illusion or magic.

      Still like my homebuilt setup made of PVC pipe, some MDF board, and a beach chair :o)
      • 4 Years Ago
      -> I WANT!!! I WANT!!! I WANT!!! I WANT!!! I WANT!!!

      ^ This + any advanced steering wheel kit + GT5 = goodbye society

      -> This thing is perfect for a guy who lives in an apartment!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take that 6 grand and go buy yourself a damn car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Article killing comment right there. 6k gets you a very nicely setup track miata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This coupled with a 3D TV set with GT5 would be the perfect way to spend my winter vacation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a racing setup, it looks pretty cool. It looks like a tub off a single seater. But as table? Ech!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So if I had $6,605 laying around, I'm pretty sure my cherry coffee table would not be getting replaced by a red/black/somewhat clear plastic POS.

      I simply roll my office chair over to the livingroom, use the $25 folding laptop desk to hold my wheel (the whole thing folds up and stores in my coat closet in 1 minute- wheel/shifter/pedals stay attached) and I don't have to worry about my friends laughing their asses off that I have this monstrosity sitting in the middle of an otherwise very well decorated family room.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! And I thought Logitech controls and a Playseat racing chair were expensive! Credit where credit is due, though... having a Transformer (kinda) for a coffee table is a pretty neat idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pretty badass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of you enterprising guys should figure out a similar design that could undercut this price by about half (shouldn't be that hard). There's definitely a market for this.
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